Iconic Band Ween Calls It Quits

Iconic Band Ween Calls It Quits

Washington : DC : USA | May 30, 2012 at 5:13 AM PDT
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Iconic American experimental band Ween have called it quits to their 25-year-old collaboration of music.

Talking to the reporters immediately after the dissolution, frontman Aaron Freeman, who is popularly known as Gary Ween, said, "It’s time to move on," adding that he was retiring the Gene Ween moniker. "For me it’s a closed book. In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open… There’s no, 'Goddamn that such and such!' For me, I'd like to think it’s a door I can close finally," said Freeman, according to a report by Rolling Stone.

On the other hand, Deaner replied to Freeman’s departure by writing on his Facebook page, “This is news to me, all I can say now I guess," according to a New York Daily News report.

Aaron freeman began his experimental band in the early 1980s with his close friend, Mickey Melchiondo, who is also known as Dean Ween in the band. Ween in the beginning was not very popular in American pop music industry, but it attracted a huge fan following later. The band's style was eclectic, and while they could generally be referred to as rock music, they also undertook many experiments with their music with various styles, often incorporating a strong element of humor and absurdity. Gene was the lead vocalist and Dean the lead guitarist. Other members included David Dreiwtz, Claude Coleman and Glenn McClleland.

Ween’s major releases that got media attention included The Pod, Pure Guava, Push th’ Little Ladies and White Pepper.

Freeman also said that the dissolution of the band does not mean that he's not on good terms with the band's co-founder, Mickey Melchiondo, but it is more of a unilateral decision and not at all a forced one.

For years, there had been rumors that the band was on the verge of dissolution but no one had believed it until yesterday. Meanwhile, Freeman is willing to continue with his solo work. He recently released his first solo album titled Marvelous Cloudsan, which is inspired by Rod Mckuen's works. He also assured that there were more original as well as solo projects in the pipeline.

"I could make five more Rod Mckuen records, but that could get a little weird," he joked."It's important to know that this isn't a side project. I'm forging a new thing for myself. So that's all. There's no plans for any records or touring for Ween from my end."

Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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