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Published: 2011/01/25

Ween Confirmed For High Sierra, Gene Ween Melts Down Onstage

Ween is the first act confirmed for the Quincy, CA’s High Sierra Music Festival. The multi-band event will take place from June 30-July 3. The rest of the festival’s lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. In other news, Ween frontman Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman apparently suffered a meltdown during a performance at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre last night. Freeman has battled with drug addiction for years, and the band went on hiatus a few years ago while Freeman underwent a drug rehab program.

According to a story published in the Vancouver’s —passed onto via a reader who saw a report on Hidden Track —,“Obviously having had enough, the rest of Ween retreated to the back of the stage while Freeman again attempted to tune his guitar, a task he eventually abandoned. Subsequently, there was a certain irony to a watching a totally out-of-it waste case serenade the crowd with a solo ‘Birthday Boy,’ mostly because of the lyrics ‘Help me now, I’m going down/And I don’t know if I’ll be around.’ It was right around then that Melchiondo finally bailed, leaving the stage with the other members of Ween. What followed was funny, and sad, as Freeman finished up a sloppy, lone-wolf rendition of ‘Don’t Sweat It’ by looking over his shoulder and then slurring ‘Hey, where’s the band?” Shortly thereafter, he walked off alone and the lights came up, leaving the audience angry and pissed.”

Ween is scheduled to perform at Seattle’s Paramount Theater tonight.

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