By Brian Nac
At this point in time we don't know exactly how Aaron Freeman's current
solo venture will be viewed in the history of Ween. The recent interview
with Rolling Stone where Freeman surprised fans (and band members) by
saying that he was retiring the Gene Ween moniker seems by some to have
been a tad premature. But even after the sudden breakup, its clear where
Freeman's heart lies.
While touring with the full band may not be what
he needs these days, the setlist on Saturday night's gig was heavy on
Ween classics. The small (around 100 I'd guess) crowd at Mr. Smalls got a
tight 90 minute acoustic set by the former Papa Gener.
Gener has never big on between song banter, and the solo
show at Mr. Smalls this chilly August evening was no different. The
elephant in the room was never addressed and neither was Freeman's
current touring partner Joe Young. The 27 year old admitted to a group
of fans after the show that he'd never even heard of Ween before this
tour, a footnote that adds to the bizarre vibe of this entire
While the evening felt a bit like sitting in on a rehearsal,
the vibes were positive and Aaron seemed to be in good spirits. I'm
fairly confident (read: hopeful) that we'll see Ween together in its
proper form at some point. Until then, a quiet evening with the "former"
Gene Ween was a nice way to spend a Saturday night in Pittsburgh.
Full setlist from Saturday's show: