Aaron Freeman to Retire Gene Ween
Gene Ween, aka Aaron Freeman, is putting an end to the band that gave him his moniker and served as his musical outlet for the past 25 years. “It’s time to move on,” Freeman says in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I’m retiring Gene Ween.”
According to the interview, Freeman says that he holds no animosity towards his bandmates and has been contemplating the decision for the past eight years. The news comes following the release of Freeman’s solo debut, Marvelous Clouds, earlier this month.
Rumors of Ween’s dissolution have been making their rounds since the occurrence of an onstage meltdown involving Freeman in Vancouver, BC last year. During the performance, Freeman became so intoxicated that his bandmates left him onstage to finish the show on his own. The meltdown led to the singer spending several weeks in an Arizona rehab facility battling substance abuse issues.
“It’s important to know that this isn’t a side project,” Freeman says about his solo album. “I’m forging a new thing for myself. So that’s all. There’s no plans for any records or touring for Ween from my end.”