Gene Ween Ends Rock Band Ween After 25 Years

May 30, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Ween perform as part of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. (Matt Archer/Getty Images)

It was all over for the 25-year-old experimental rock band Ween when lead singer Aaron Freeman, better known by his stage name Gene Ween, told Rolling Stone on Tuesday that the band had split up.

“It’s time to move on,” Freedman told the magazine from his New Jersey home. “I’m retiring Gene Ween. … It’s been a long time, 25 years. It was a good run.”

Freedman formed the band back in high school in New Hope, Penn., in 1984 with his friend Mickey Melchiondo, also known as Dean Ween. Freedman said he and Melchiondo are still on speaking terms, but he went ahead and released his solo debut record “Marvelous Clouds” earlier this month.

“For me it’s a closed book. In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open,” Freedman said. “There’s no, ‘Goddamn that such and such!’ For me, I’d like to think it’s a door I can close finally.”

Melchiondo, who was the lead guitarist, was apparently unaware of Freeman’s feelings prior to reading the Rolling Stone article himself.

“This is news to me, all I can say for now I guess,” Melchiondo posted on Facebook.

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