Frontman Gene Ween said it was 'time to move on' after 25 years
Cult rock band Ween have split up.
Lead singer Aaron Freeman, otherwise known as Gene Ween, broke the news to Rolling Stone earlier this week, saying: “It’s time to move on. I’m retiring Gene Ween… It’s been a long time, 25 years. It was a good run.”
However, bandmate Mickey Melchiondo, aka Dean Ween, apparently wrote on Ween’s Facebook page – via the AV Club – that the break-up was “news to me, all I can say for now I guess.” This post has since been removed. A request for more information from the AV Club to the band’s publicist was responded to the statement: “I actually don’t have any further info at the moment but will alert you once I do”.
In the original Rolling Stone piece, Freeman – who recently released his solo debut ‘Marvelous Clouds’ – said he’d been contemplating quitting the band for past eight years. He commented: “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.”
Ween formed in Pennsylvania in 1984 and released 10 more studio albums in the years following their 1990 debut ‘GodWeenSatan: The Oneness’. Their last album was 2007’s ‘La Cucaracha’ and in 2010, the band said that they were about to begin work on their 12th record.
The humour-tinged band’s most successful song was 1993’s MTV hit, ‘Push th’ Little Daisies’, which was taken from their 1992 album, ‘Pure Guava’. Scroll down to watch the video.