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Posted on August 9, 2012 by peter bell

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Like most people, I was shocked to hear that Ween was going to call it quits. To recap, at the end of May 2012, Gene Ween (Aaron Freeman) had said during a Rolling Stone interview that he was retiring Gene Ween. After 28 years of performing in the band, there was a flurry of responses. Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo) posted only one line on his Facebook page about it: “This is news to me, all I can say for now I guess.”

Ween’s last full-length album was La Cucaracha in 2007. In the past year, Freeman had committed himself to ending his substance abuse, touring and releasing a solo album, while Melchiondo has been building his sport-fishing business (where Ween fans can go fishing with Deaner). A recent blog entry over at mxdwn.com has much more of Mickey’s reaction to the current status of the band, and his hope that it will reform again in the future.

photo: Moses

No matter what happens, as a fan, I just want to say thank you to Ween for all the music and performances that you’ve given us. You showed us that rock music can and should be fun, that we don’t have to take ourselves too seriously to be profound, and that nobody has to fit themselves into a pigeonhole to be truly outstanding.

Stay down with the brown. Viva Ween.

New Hope, PA area

  • Brookridge Farm– Featured in the Pure Guava cover art, Gene Ween used to live at this “hillbilly mansion,” and Deaner would visit him and other Ween collaborators.
  • The Pod– The fly-infested apartment Dean and Gene shared while they worked on The Pod and Pure Guava.
  • John and Peter’s Place– Local tavern/venue that has an original print from the Chocolate and Cheese album art hanging up.
  • New Hope-Solebury Junior High– Where Ween was formed in a cauldron of demon sweat (outside of typing class).
  • Ringing Rocks Park– The state park with geologic sonic oddities that was the location for some Chocolate and Cheese album art.
  • Graphic Sound Studio– The studio where numerous Ween tracks and production has been done, including the entire All Request Live album.
  • New Hope-Lambertville Toll Supported Bridge– The bridge where Deaner and Guy (from the Moistboyz) came up with the idea for “The HIV Song.”

Other locations

  • City Gardens– The first club gig for Ween, opening for the Butthole Surfers. Jon Stewart (of the Daily Show) used to bartend here. Ewing Township, NJ.
  • Reiner Design Consultants- The design company that carried out the Chocolate and Cheese album art. Averill Park, NY.
  • Joppa Road– The road that served as inspiration for the eponymous song. Towson, MD.
  • Mohamed’s Falafel Star– The location for the “I Can’t Put My Finger On It” video. New York, NY.
  • Cat’s Cradle– The location for the live Ween album, At the Cat’s Cradle, 1992. Carrboro, NC.
  • Independence Hall– The location for the Spike Jonze-directed Ween video, “Freedom of ’76.”
  • The Vic Theatre– The location for the live Ween album and DVD, Ween: Live in Chicago.
  • TwinTone Records– The label that Ween was on for God Ween Satan. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Short’s Brewing Company– A restaurant in northern Michigan where the menu is Ween song titles.
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