Gene Ween will head out this late summer and early fall on a 12-city tour. The tour will begin at Ottobar in Baltimore on Sept. 23 and come to an end at the Lovin’ Cup in Rochester on Oct. 7.
In 2012, Gene Ween left the band Ween and started using his birth name, Aaron Freeman, and formed the band Freeman. Freeman started Ween with childhood friend Dean Ween (Micky Melchiondo), in the 1980s.
Aaron returned to the Gene Ween name in 2015 for some Billy Joel-inspired shows. Aaron stated:
“At the end of the day, people know Gene Ween. It’s not anything I should be ashamed of. I was really having an identity crisis and that happens – just what you said – so it’s important to separate those things. You get lost in who you are. As I grow and get more confident in who I am and my sobriety it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, Gene Ween.’ It’s a positive thing and it represents the work I did since I was 16.”
Freeman has released 10 albums with Ween, and another five albums between side projects and solo work.
In May, Gene Ween joined Umphrey’s McGee at the Summer Camp Music Festival for a set of Ween covers.