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Update: Ween announce reunion concerts for 2016

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    Ween have announced plans to reunite for their first live performances in over four years. Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) and Mickey Melchiondo, Jr. (Dean Ween) are to play two shows over President’s Day Weekend (February 12th and 13th) at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

    In a statement announcing the reunion, Ween said the two shows are “going to be fucking mind-blowing” with setlists that dig deep into the band’s catalog to try “new stuff that nobody has ever heard live before.”

    For the performances, Freeman and Melchiondo will be joined by longtime band members Claude Coleman, Jr. (drums), Dave Dreiwitz (bass), and Glenn McClelland (keyboards).

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    Update – December 8th, 11:40 a.m.: Ween have announced more reunion shows, including a festival gig at Florida’s Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival and a three-night stand at Terminal 5 in New York City.

    Ween 2015 Tour Dates:
    02/12 – Broomfield, CO @ 1STBANK Center
    02/13 – Broomfield, CO @ 1STBANK Center
    02/14 – Broomfield, CO @ 1STBANK Center
    03/04-06 – Okeechobee, FL @ Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
    04/14 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
    04/15 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
    04/16 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

    News of the band’s reunion comes as much of a surprise as their initial breakup in 2012. If you recall, Freeman used an interview with Rolling Stone Australia to announce his retirement from the band, but did so without first alerting the rest of the band. In a 2014 interview with Consequence of Sound, Freeman said the news broke sooner than he expected. “I’m not trying to make excuses; I just really thought that I had a little more time than 24 hours to talk to anybody. That was it. It’s not like I wanted it to not happen. I just didn’t expect it that way.”

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    Freeman previously said his decision to quit Ween was due to his desire to remain sober. He told fans, “Becoming an out of control drug addict and alcoholic is my own fault and I take responsibility for it. I HAD to leave the Ween organization to stay sober.”

    Following the band’s breakup, Freeman launched a solo project and has released a pair of solo albums. However, in 2013, he revealed that years of drug and alcohol abuse had left him in a dire financial situation, which he attempted to remedy by selling unreleased demos.

    As for Melchiondo, he’s spent the years since Ween’s breakup collaborating with his band Moistboyz.

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    Below, watch Ween perform “Baby Bitch” during a 2003 gig in Chicago.

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