Aaron Freeman, better known to music lovers as Gene Ween, told Rolling Stone that he's retiring the moniker, effectively ending the 25-year run of his band Ween. Freeman formed Ween with buddy Mickey Melchiondo (a/k/a Dean Ween) in New Hope in the mid-80s.
Freeman said there's no animosity between Melchiondo and himself. It was just time to stop using the name. "For me it's a closed book. In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open," Freeman told RS. "There's no, 'Goddamn that such and such!' For me, I'd like to think it's a door I can close finally."
Melchiondo might not feel the same way. “This is news to me, all I can say for now I guess,” Melchiondo posted on his private Facebook page, according the AV Club. The site also reached out to Ween's publicist who similarly had no idea what was going on.
Ween hadn't released a record since 2007's "La Cucaracha." Freeman recently released his solo debut, "Marvelous Clouds," after a public meltdown in Vancouver last year, followed by a stint in rehab.
Ween was a genre-spanning experimental rock band who never shied away from humor. Their first hit, 1992's "Push th' Little Daisies," became an MTV staple.
Check out "As I Love My Own," a song from Freeman's solo album below.