Posted in music | pictures on September 20, 2010

photos by Andrew St. Clair

"That's the face of rock n' roll. Learn it. Live it. Love it." -mat | April 14, 2010 1:27 PM

Ween

The Star-Ledger: Your manager said this was really a big show for you guys.
Gene: Yeah, Central Park, Simon & Garfunkel. They are going to come out and play songs with us.

Which Ween songs are they going to play?
"Spinal Meningitis"...

Is there some lineage from Sparks to Ween?
Mickey is really into Sparks, and he says Ween is the modern-day Sparks.

I think you and Sparks should play a show together just like Simon & Garfunkel in Central Park.
Sparks is going to be there, too, with Simon & Garfunkel.

That's a crowded stage.
It is, but we'll make room. Ladysmith Black Mambazo is going to be there, too.

The Ween-Simon&Garfunkel-Sparks-Ladysmith Black Mombazo supergroup didn't actually happen when Ween played Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on Friday 9/17, but Madonna was there (causing trouble)...
"We spoke with SummerStage production manager Danny Owen about the chain of events that led to Madge's appearance at Ween's soundcheck and it started in the early afternoon hours when the film and concert production teams realized the area had been double booked. WE's production team approached venue staff when they started to test the PA and the SummerStage staffers agreed to keep the noise to a minimum until Ween soundchecked at 5PM. 5PM rolled around and the film's producers asked for more time, but with doors set to open at 6:30, there wasn't much wiggle room since the band needed to get comfortable with the sound at the outdoor venue.

Owen, whose main concern was making sure the band was given the time they needed, told the film's producer that the band was indeed going to start soundchecking. At this point, the members of Ween were on stage and waiting around for word to start the check. Madonna must've gotten wind of the situation as at approximately 5:15PM she entered the concert field with her security entourage and asked Owen if she could speak to the band. Danny responded, "with all due respect, no you may not" leading Madonna to ask to speak to a manager at which point Ween's manager, Greg Frey, entered the fray.

The pop icon bought a few minutes during her conversation with Frey as soundcheck was delayed until approximately 5:30, but we're glad to see that even Madonna can't keep Ween from taking care of business. Sadly, it seems Madge and her unhip team didn't even know who Ween was. Ween went on close to 7:30PM and played one fantastic, extremely long set followed by a three-song encore." [Glide Magazine]

What a busy week for Summerstage. Madonna, Cake, Broken Social Scene, WEEN, and four Pavement shows.

Ween currently has two shows on the calendar, including a Halloween date in Colorado, and there's at least one solo show coming up too. All dates, Ween's Central Park setlist, and more pictures, below...

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Ween setlist
Buckingham Green
She Wanted To Leave
Bananas & Blow
Learnin' to Love
Transdermal Celebration
Up On The Hill
Take Me Away
Dont' Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy)
Even If You Don't
Push The Little Daisies
Sorry Charlie
Voodoo Lady
Happy Colored Marbles
Stallion pt. 3, Ice Castles
Final Alarm, With My Own Bare Hands
Your Party, Let's Dance
Touch My Tooter, You Fucked Up
Stroker Ace
Wavin' My Dick In the Wind
Fancy Pants, Going Gets Tough
Waynes Pet Youngin'
Jonny On th' spot
The Mollusk
Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)
Roses Are Free
Encore:
Fiesta
Mr. Richard Smoker
Dr. Rock

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WEEN - 2010 TOUR DATES
Sun, October 31, 2010 1st Bank Center (Broomfield, CO)
Fri, November 12, 2010 Bluebird Theater (Bloomington, IN)*
Sat, November 13, 2010 Cosmic Charlie's (Lexington, KY)
*Gene Ween solo acoustic

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Comments (46)

someone should plug that ho with some hummus

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 5:09 PM

When did Gene Ween lose all that hair? Last time I saw them was at McCarren Park and I don't remember him looking nearly that bald.

Looks like that was a solid set.

Posted by noamjamski | September 20, 2010 5:12 PM

Awesome show. Lame crowd

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 5:17 PM

Fantastic show

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 5:20 PM

Greatest band still playing today

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 5:23 PM

Greatest band ever. Revolutionaries. Better than Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, and Johnny Cash combined.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 5:31 PM

Ween fucking RUUUUUUULED!

And those parents are awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 5:35 PM

little boy flipping the bird as his sister holds up the shocker. classic

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 5:38 PM

I think it's a Mohawk? Great set, but no zoloft?

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 5:38 PM

Madonna was trying to mooch some of weens hummus they had backstage.
The ween hummus is truly remarkable. I never got to taste it, but years ago in a small town called New Hope, Pennsylvania, I saw their hummus container and it was filled to the rim and such a beautiful shade of tan.
I said it before and I say it again... Their ain't no hummus like ween hummus"

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 5:39 PM

damn, awesome setlist. i really wish i could've made this. seen Ween tons of times over the years and they have consistently put on one of the best live shows of the year.

damn, Gener has gotten OLD!

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 5:53 PM

Great photos, but what's the deal with first photo?
I guess I get the random Central Park jogger photos, but the first photo is almost 10 blocks south of the park, and then it's another few blocks to summerstage. Got any good photos of the Statue of Liberty to add to the mix?

Posted by Transdermalcelebration | September 20, 2010 6:11 PM

Fantastic show. Miserable beer line.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 6:15 PM

So if you're a female Ween fan, you have to wear those dumb looking pirate boots?

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 6:43 PM

Fit girls exercising = hot
fat girls = disgusting

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 6:57 PM

MEHdge

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 8:02 PM

Seen Ween a dozen times, all over the country, from Seattle to New Orleans to Carbondale, IL to DC, and the Summerstage crowd confirmed something I have long suspected but could not formally confirm about New York -- the crowds there are incredibly fucking lame.

What is the deal NYC?

Good show boys, despite the overwhelming preponderance of buttholes and beeyatches...

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 8:14 PM

last time Ween played NYC (mccarren 08) the crowd was on fire....huge amount of drug use, crowd surfing, beer sharing, moshing, ect..

love the ween
but yes, NYC crowds generally do suck hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 8:21 PM

^suck hummus?
That doesn't make any sense.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 8:46 PM

thing is Sparks rules and Ween is the worst band ever.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 9:48 PM

Thing is, Sparks is one band and Ween is one hundred

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 9:51 PM

No "Piss Up A Rope"? FAIL

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 10:43 PM

The Pod is the greatest album ever. Followed by The Mollusk

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 11:41 PM

I got some pretty acceptable video from this show, and of course a killer review over at my website.

Let's Dance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CBFXVkggNw

Posted by Jay Porks | September 21, 2010 12:42 AM

anyone tap madonna's daughter yet?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 12:47 AM

hummus

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 1:24 AM

I blame the crowd reaction on the shitty sound. Speakers cut out during voodoo lady & sounded extremely low volume unless you were right up front.

Solid setlist though, waynes pet youngin, up on a hill & sorry charlie = very brown.

I'm shocked Madonna was there, aren't high holy days when she pretends to be jewish?

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 2:20 AM

Another reason for the crowd reaction was the long wait in line to just get in. People were fuming.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 2:35 AM

holy MILF.
Nice to know Madonna is still an asshole

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 8:09 AM

2:20 as long as she was there before sunset it is ok...

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 8:15 AM

anon. 5:23 and anon 5:31 win the prize for funniest comments EVER posted on brooklynvegan (or anywhere else for that matter).

it's misplaced enthusiasm like that that could turn a lot of people off to ween.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 8:33 AM

Kid in picture is giving the middle finger

Posted by apex | September 21, 2010 9:10 AM

MEHdonna

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 9:54 AM

Ween is the best band.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 10:05 AM

Kid's sister wearing the mats

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 10:07 AM

Not mats - Descendents.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 10:16 AM

The kid flipping the bird is so awesome at a ween show.

Posted by John Oatess | September 21, 2010 10:57 AM

WEEZER is the best band.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 11:16 AM

Agreed w/ 6:15 PM. If you were to get on the line for beer/wine, then the line for food, then the line for the toilet, you'd have already missed half the show!

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 12:15 PM

Also, although it was a nice night out. I thought the vibe was a little bit better at the Starland Ballroom show they played back in May (although I could barely wade through people, it was so packed up front).

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 12:17 PM

Descendents it is, how did I miss those eyes (not as good as boog)

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 1:48 PM

I hate people at concerts who buy a poster in the first five minutes, but don't know you can roll paper safely without breaking the grain (despite what even some paper artists and their hangers-on will tell you), and then they gotta carry an unfolded poster the whole show and get mad when people bump into it.

If you have to buy it before the show, roll the thing. Bring a rubber band in advance if you can remember.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 3:14 PM

"Bring a rubber"

You nailed it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2010 3:32 PM

anybody find a driver's license near the b33r line?

Posted by harlan | September 22, 2010 11:49 AM

SummerStage RAWKS!

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 11:50 AM

^ I didn't find a drivers license by the beer line, but I did find a container of hummus by the bathroom line. It was unopened so I figured it was safe.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 10:12 PM

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