Experimental cult sensation Ween continues their reunion tour on the third day of Riot Fest on September 3rd in Denver, Colorado. The performance comes as part of a reunion announced in November 2015, after a three-year-long hiatus.
Ween’s eclectic style, originally a two-man act backed by digital audio tape, is influenced by countless genre elements including funk, punk, prog, among many others and never quite earned them mainstream success, but instead a long-standing devotee cult following. In their earliest days, the junior high-aged duo’s rehearsals and writing sessions were fueled by drugs and “designed to be obnoxious.” They refined and developed their style through the 80s via self-released cassettes, beginning with Mrs. Slack in 1985, and their final effort before being signed to Twin/Tone in 1990s, Prime Five. Their first label produced album, GodWeenSatan: The Oneness, was a synopsis of their earlier tape years, and crystallized their cult sensation status.
Eventually in 2012, Dean Ween recused himself from the group to address some substance abuse issues. That, in addition to other difficulties led to Ween’s four-year-long hiatus. But the band has kicked off their reunion where they left it off on the Front Range, where they’re joined by an immense eclectic lineup of other groups including Sleater-Kinney, Underoath, and Julian Marley.
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