Aaron Freeman, known to many of our readers as Gene Ween, dropped a bombshell on Rolling Stone when he told the magazine that he’s “retiring Gene Ween.” When pressed about whether that meant the end for HT faves Ween, Freeman responded “Pretty much, yeah. It’s been a long time, 25 years. It was a good run.”
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Freeman has been battling to stay sober and for Ween’s NYE run in Denver, which may go down as the group’s last performances, he enlisted the help of a “sober ninja” to keep him clean. The artist formerly known as Gener recently released a solo album of Rod McKuen covers called Marvelous Clouds and has played a few gigs in support of the LP.
Here’s more on Aaron’s decision to retire Gene Ween…
Freeman, who released his solo debut Marvelous Clouds earlier this month, says there’s no animosity towards his bandmates or Melchiondo, who he met in the eighth grade. He says the pair are still on speaking terms, even though he’s been contemplating the decision for the past eight years.
“For me it’s a closed book. In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open,” says Freeman. “There’s no, ‘Goddamn that such and such!’ For me, I’d like to think it’s a door I can close finally.”
Ween formed in 1984 and has released a total of 11 studio albums, the last of which was La Cucaracha in 2007. We sure hope this isn’t the end for the New Hope, PA-based band.
UPDATE: Apparently Freeman didn’t fill his partner, Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo in…
The plot thickens with Mickey’s post on the Ween Facebook page.