The end for Ween
Yesterday, Ween's Aaron Freeman announced that he is dropping the Gene Ween moniker in the wake of his band's break-up in order to devote more attention to his solo career. The news, however, may not be that surprising to the band's cult following, as Ween hasn't released a full-length album since 2007's La Cucaracha. Not to mention that Freeman has been weathering his own share of personal problems, including an onstage meltdown that led to a stint in rehab last year.
All in all, 11 albums in a span of over 25 years is a pretty good run. Ween's largely experimental and neo-psychedelic sound reached its commercial height in the ‘90s with the release of Pure Guava and Chocolate & Cheese albums. Of course, the placement of the "Push th' Little Daisies" video on Beavis and Butthead certainly didn't hurt the band's visibility. Although Freeman insists that Ween's parting is an amicable one, the band's other half, Mickey Malchiondo, aka Dean Ween, announced via Facebook that he learned of the band's demise like the rest of us, by reading about it on the Internet. Ouch.
|Ween, "Push th' Little Daisies"|