August 14, 2017
On April 22nd Ween, originally hailing from Pennsylvania, performed in the Asheville Civic Center. The band is fronted by Mickey Melchiondo Jr. and Aaron Freeman, better known by their pseudonyms Gene and Dean Ween. The tour was the first since 2012, when the band broke up for Gene to pursue his own musical ventures. Ween’s music is an amalgamation of heavy metal, jazz, psychedelic, punk, country, and psychadelic rock, giving the band a cult following- similar to that of the Grateful Dead. The show was straight to the point, no openers or late start time, however the band played for over three hours. They played popular songs such as “Piss up a Rope” and “Freedom of 76”; followed by lesser known tracks like “The Mollusk” and “Transdermal Celebration”. While Ween was not (and never will be) a “Top 40” band, they have gained mainstream praise through their song “Ocean Man” which was featured in The Spongebob Squarepants Movie and the review of “Push th’ Little Daisies” on Beavis and Butthead. Overall, the show had a dedicated fan base and was very mellow while still maintaining a high energy atmosphere. The show was perfect with the exception of the band eschewing one of my favorite songs from their set list “Bananas and Blow”.