Entries tagged with: Ween
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Gene Ween as Billy Joel at Brooklyn Bowl 5/31/2015
The Daily News reports:
The Piano Man may soon have a road named after him.Billy Joel plays the final show at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum-as-we-now-know-it in August.
The state Senate last week passed a bill to rename a section of state Route 107 in the Long Island town of Oyster Bay after native son Billy Joel.
"Even after all his success, he still supports his hometown community," Sen. Jack Martins (R-Nassau County) said in a bill sponsor memo.
Meanwhile, Gene Ween has been out on the road playing Billy Joel tribute shows. The first of two Brooklyn shows happened on Thursday at Brooklyn Bowl, just down the street from the venue we were celebrating The Chris Gethard show in at the same time. After a Philly show, Gene, er I mean Billy then played Brooklyn Bowl again last night (5/31). The Roosevelts report from the first one (which was sold out):
For just $15, fans were treated to a standing room experience at Williamsburg's Brooklyn Bowl--a stark contrast to Joel's arena extravaganzas. The intimate and energetic performance featured note-for-note covers of hits such as "Big Shot," "Only the Good Die Young," "Captain Jack," and "Angry Young Man." Freeman was backed by a six-piece band that perfectly recreated every song with piano, synths, saxes, and more.Watch some videos of the magic, below...
At City Winery tonight (3/20) it's "An Evening with Aaron Freeman" which is sold out but the onetime Ween frontman will be back soon, and in a particularly New York state of mind. Freeman will be playing special shows as "Gene Ween does Billy Joel" at Brooklyn Bowl on May 28 & 31:
Gene Ween explores his deep and abiding man-love for the music of Billy Joel. Backed by a 7 piece band of fellow Joelophiles, Gene tears through the hits, and only the hits, from the man from Oyster Bay.The 5/28 Brooklyn Bowl show is sold out already, though there will be limited tickets available at the door. Tickets for the 5/31 show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Gene Ween: Lead Vocals
Sean Brierty: Guitar
Will Bryant: Keyboards
Zach Djanikian: Keyboards, Sax, Backing Vocals
Peter Dougan: Guitar, Harmonica, Bkg Vocals
Paul Green: Bass Guitar
Dan Hickey: Drums
If you want to see the real thing, Billy Joel's neverending Madison Square Garden residency continues. Aaron Freeman will be doing a few other "Gene Ween does Bill Joel" on the East Coast (Woodstock, Philly), as well as other shows, and all dates are listed below.
Aaron Freeman, the man once known as Gene Ween, put out a record with his new band, FREEMAN, last summer showcasing a bunch of tracks reminiscent of the Ween sound. The band toured extensively last fall, and now Freeman has a few solo acoustic shows lined up. He played Asbury Park last night, and will play NYC's City Winery on March 20. Tickets are on sale now.
All upcoming Aaron Freeman solo dates are listed, along with a full FREEMAN band performance of "Black Bush" at WFUV, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Former Ween drummer Claude Coleman Jr (who's also worked with Eagles of Death Metal, Butthole Surfers' Jeff Pinkus, John Medeski and more) is set to release a new album with his solo band Amandla later this year. It's called Laughing Hearts and follows his 2006 sophomore album The Full Catastrophe. Its newest single, the title track, pulls a bit from classic soul, jazz guitar and alternative rock, the kind of diverse mix you probably expect from a Ween member. It premieres here and can be streamed below. Live dates are TBA too, so stay tuned to see if he hits NYC.
Meanwhile, his former bandmate Geen Ween (or Aaron Freeman) will be in NYC this week when his band FREEMAN's tour hits Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (10/4) with Arc Iris. Tickets for that show are still available.
The Dean Ween Group are also touring, hitting NJ and NYC right around Halloween time.
Stream the new Amandla song below...
FREEMAN, the new band from former Ween singer Aaron "Gene" Freeman, released their debut album earlier this summer, and played their first live shows together in July at Mercury Lounge and Baby's All Right. We've got some sweet live footage of FREEMAN performing "(For A While) I Couldn't Play My Guitar Like A Man" from that first show at Mercury Lounge and it makes its premiere in this post.
The band just played the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC over the weekend and are set to kick off their first tour in a couple weeks, which hits NYC at Bowery Ballroom on October 4 with openers Arc Iris. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed, with that video, below...
Aaron and the rest of FREEMAN, the band
Aaron Freeman no longer goes by Gene Ween but he has not stopped making music. Following 2012's Marvelous Clouds , which used lyrics by Rod McKuen, he's now set to release his first album of original material which will be out July 22. Now sober and now going by FREEMAN, he says of the album, "I want this record to pay homage to Ween. These are the same songs I would've written in Ween --- except without Mickey."
The first song from the album, "(For A While) I Couldn't Play My Guitar Like A Man," was just released, for real, via Jack Black's Facebook. You can stream it below.
FREEMAN, which is also the name of his new five-piece band, will be playing shows this summer, including two in NYC: July 22 at Mercury Lounge and July 23 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for Baby's All Right are already on sale, and tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (4/25) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/23) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...
Ween is gone for good, and with a posting today on bandcamp, now so is "Gene Ween". The blurb on bandcamp reads:
After 20+ years of near-fatal drug & alcohol abuse (thankfully culminating with intensive but successful rehab), AARON FREEMAN (aka Gene Ween) was left in a dire financial situation. All proceeds will go directly to Aaron, as he continues down the path toward creative freedom and personal health.Head to Bandcamp to hear and buy the six songs, or stream it below..
These demos represent the final writings and music of Gene Ween, before he departed and the inner FREEMAN emerged. On that note, we have received a two word personal statement from Aaron: "stay tuned."
In related news, Dean Ween aka Mickey Melchiondo Jr. aka Mickey Moist is going on tour in December with his band Moistboyz. Kicking off in Ween's hometown of New Hope on 12/4, the boyz hit Stage 48 in NYC on 12/7 before continuing on their way. All Dean dates are listed under the Gene stream below...
With Ween on permanent hiatus, Aaron Freeman released Rod McKuen tribute Marvelous Clouds, his first solo album under his own name, last May. No word on a new record, but the artist formerly known as Gene Ween does have some spring tour dates, including one in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 10. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (4/3) at noon with the regular on-sale happening Friday (4/5) at noon.
All tour dates are below.
Veronica Falls' new album, Waiting for Something to Happen, is out February 12 and the band have just shared the new single from it. You can stream "Buried Alive," which they've been playing live for a while now, below.
In addition to the new album, the band are releasing a covers EP featuring their versions of songs by Homeblitz, Bob Dylan, The Rats, The Moles, The La's and Ween. That's the cover art above. It's limited to 300 vinyl copies and is only available through Rough Trade.
Song stream below...
As you probably know, New Jersey was hit really hard during Hurricane Sandy and in an effort to help one of the victims, Dean Ween (aka Mickey Melchiondo of Ween) is hosting a benefit concert in Asbury Park (home of the Stone Pony which did survive the storm). Dean writes...
Like a lot of people I know it's hard to figure out where to best donate money and resources right now. To this end I've just arranged a benefit concert for my good friend Nick Honachefsky who lost his home and all of his worldly possessions in the storm. I'm hosting a benefit concert at the Saint in Asbury Park, NJ onDean is also working on his first solo album, which will feature Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, Guy Heller, Claude Coleman, Chuck Treece, Dave Dreiwitz, Glenn McClelland, Joe Kramer, Andrew Weiss, Joe Russo, Scott Metzger, and more guests that he's worked with over the years. In addition to featuring on the album, Josh Homme is also producing it. The above picture is of Dean Ween at the recording sessions for his new album with Joe Kramer and Chuck Treece (via Facebook).
Sun Nov. 11Wed, Nov. 28--"Dean Ween and Friends" featuring Claude Coleman, Glenn McClelland, Chris Harford, Dickie Moist, and the all of the usual suspects to help Nick get back on his feet. The evening will feature new music and old music by Moistboyz, Chris Harford, Jimmy Wilson, members of Ween, etc. More specific details to follow. Also, there is a fund set up for Nick at this address.
UPDATE: The date of this benefit has changed.
A video of Dean Ween and some of his friends jamming is below...
Ween at Summerstage in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
"It's time to move on," Freeman told Rolling Stone from his home in New Jersey. "I'm retiring Gene Ween."Is this really the end for Ween? (And the end for the oneness they had between God and Satan?) Aaron Freeman seems to mostly entirely suggest so in this Rolling Stone interview. The AV Club, however, reports that Dean Ween (aka Mickey Melchiondo) expressed surprise on his (private) Facebook page saying it "is news to me, all I can say for now I guess."
So does that mean the end for Ween, the band that Freeman formed with high school friend Mickey Melchiondo (a.k.a. Dean Ween) in New Hope, Pennsylvania, in the mid-Eighties?
"Pretty much, yeah," says Freeman. "It's been a long time, 25 years. It was a good run."
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." [Rolling Stone]
Ween haven't released an album in fiver years and, even if this isn't an official breakup, it doesn't seem like there'll be another any time soon. Freeman recently released Marvelous Clouds, an album of Rod McKuen covers that is worth checking out.
Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) released, Marvelous Clouds, his first solo album under his real name, this week via Partisan Records. Freeman's record release show at 92Y Tribeca tonight (5/9) is sold out, but we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details are below.
Marvelous Clouds is a tribute to famed poet and songwriter Rod McKuen, whose songs have been recorded by a lot of famous people, including Frank Sinatra and Madonna. (Terry Jacks went to #1 with his version of McKuen's "Seasons in the Sun" in 1973.) You can stream the song "As I Love My Own" at the bottom of this post.
When you're done listening, feel free to let Freeman know what you think. He's given out his phone number ( 542-0751) and is encouraging people to leave him messages.
Joining Freeman tonight night will be Mitch Marcus, Joe Young, Brian Fishler, and Ween sideman Dave Dreiwitz who last night (5/8) backed Michael Moore (yes, that Michael Moore) at City Winery, and who plays the Levon Helm tribute at Brooklyn Bowl on June 4.
Details on how to win tickets to the 92Y show, Aaron's only upcoming date at the moment, and the song stream below...
Gene Ween (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
According to the video teaser you can watch and listen to below, Gene Ween (aka Aaron Freeman) is releasing his first solo album, entitled Marvelous Clouds, via Partisan Records on April 10th. Check it out....
Ween at Central Park (more by Andrew St. Clair)
If you planned on spending Halloween with Deaner and Gener this year but didn't get tickets, sorry ladies & gentlemen but you are officially S.O.L.; Hammerstein is sold-out. Fortunately, you can still spend a night with Gene Ween on December 3rd, when Gene Ween and Dave Dreiwitz hit Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets are still on sale. They also play the New Hope Winery on 11/23.
If you're down in the dumps about the lack of "Poop Ship Destroyer" during the holidays, then make sure and also book a ticket to see them at their New Year's Eve show in Denver, or look for Gene & Aaron aboard the Weezer cruise. All tour dates are below.
They're only really mentioning Dean, Gene (who will sing the National Anthem), Glenn McClelland (who will play organ) & Josh (who is not part of the reunited Kyuss), but I think that's enough reason to go to this Ween hometown charity event on Sunday (10/2). New Hope, PA is a beautiful place to visit anyway if you haven't been.
More Ween events, including Halloween at Hammerstein Ballroom, listed below...
Ween at Summerstage in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Weirdo alt-rockers Ween have a few upcoming shows including Lollapalooza and Weezer Cruise (Gene Ween w/ Dave Dreiwitz). They just announced that they'll play Halloween (10/31) at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC and it'll be an "evening with Ween" (no openers). Tickets are on PRESALE NOW. Tickets go on general sale via Ticketmaster on Friday (7/29) at 10 AM.
All dates, December 29-31 at The Fillmore in Denver included, below...
Lollapalooza last year (more by Josh Darr)
Lollapalooza celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with some huge names on its just-announced lineup. See it in full below.
The festival has obviously changed over the years. What started out as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction with a 'touring festival' lineup that included the Rollins Band, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, and Souxsie & The Banshees, has turned into a one-weekend Chicago festival that Lady Gaga co-headlined last year. As leaked a while ago, Foo Fighters, Muse and Eminem all play this year, as will Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, and My Morning Jacket along with the reunited Cars and the continuing-to-be-reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Death From Above 1979, and a bunch of other bands which may or may not be worth the ticket price depending on how you feel about the headliners and generally seeing bands in big, hot, outdoor crowded parks (Lollapalooza happens in Chicago's Grant Park from August 5th - 7th).
Full 2011 Lineup and a couple of videos (one from 1991, one from 2010), below...
Ween @ Summerstage 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Gene Ween will play a week's worth of solo acoustic shows over the course of about a month. He kicks things off tonight at the Bluebird Nightclub in Bloomington, Indiana, then hits Kentucky, and then after some time off plays a Brooklyn show at Knitting Factory on December 2nd with The Old Rugged Sauce (tickets). He also hits Mexicali Live in Jersey on December 16th. All Gene dates, and some new West Coast Ween ones too, below...
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
The Star-Ledger: Your manager said this was really a big show for you guys.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)...
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?
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.
"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.What a busy week for Summerstage. Madonna, Cake, Broken Social Scene, WEEN, and four Pavement shows.
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]
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...
Ween @ Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
Ween have annoinced many more tour dates since we last spoke, Camp Bisco included. Tickets are still on sale for their May 20th show at Starland Ballroom, and you can catch them at Sasquatch and at Bonnaroo, and then a bunch of other places before they return to NYC on September 17th for a show at Rumsey Playfield aka Central Park Summerstage (ticket info still TBA). All dates below...
Camp Bisco 9, the three-day Upstate music fest put on by Disco Biscuits in its ninth year, will be happening July 15th-17th in Mariaville, NY, about 3 hours north of NYC. It's set to have two main stages, a DJ tent and a late night dance tent, and the initial lineup includes LCD Soundsystem, Ween, Girl Talk, Major Lazer, Diplo, Thievery Corporation, Gift of Gab and more. All of the currently announced acts are below.
Tickets are on sale now.
2009's fest included Nas, Chromeo, The Orb, Dr. Dog, Flying Lotus and Special Disco Version (LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy & Pat Mahoney)
Still waiting for the next LCD Soundystem NYC show announcement. Meanwhile they've already announced Coachella, Bonnaroo and other dates (along with a new album).
More Camp Bisco info and a flyer are below...
Like Julian Casablancas, Ween now have an upcoming show at Starland Ballroom in NJ. The May 20th date is 11 days before the New Hope band plays the Sasquatch Festival with Massive Attack, My Morning Jacket and others. Tickets for the Jersey show go on sale at noon. All dates below...
photos by Kevin Mazur/ Wire Image
"Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Bette midler, freaking amazing!" - nico843
Yoko's Plastic Ono Band will be playing a special show at BAM's Gilman Opera House on Tuesday, February 16th. The show includes guest spots from original/former Plastic Ono band members Eric Clapton, bassist Klaus Voormann and drummer Jim Keltner. Other guests include Justin Bond, Kim Gordon, Bette Midler, Thurston Moore, Mark Ronson, Scissor Sisters, Martha Wainwright, Haruomi Hosono, Paul Simon and son Harper Simon, and current Ono Band members Cornelius, Yuka Honda and Sean Lennon.That's how we listed last night's event at BAM (2/16). Martha Wainwright, whose mother recently passed away, ended up not being there, but Gene Ween showed up. Full review and setlist coming soon. In the meantime here are a set of pics...
We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....
photos by Chris Graham
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
For what was the worst day weather-wise for San Francisco's Outide Lands Festival, its last day (Sunday, August 30th) may have been the best musically. Cold fog and wind took the place of cloudless, sunny skies, but those who attended witnessed sets by Modest Mouse, the Dead Weather, the Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Calexico, Matt & Kim , and soul legends Robert Randolph and Betty Layvette, and MIA, who complained via Twitter about the fest's substitution of Tenacious D for the Beastie Boys, then covered two Beasties songs, "Intergalactic" and "Sabatage, in her set.
Scrambling to find replacement headliners for the Beastie Boys was a common theme for festivals in summer '09, after the group was forced to cancel all dates when Adam Yauch was dianosed with cancer (he's since had sugery, and reports say that part of his health regiment is a vegan/organic diet). Beastie Boys' slot was filled by Jay-Z at All Points West and Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Lollapalooza
More pictures from Day Three below...