“It’s time to move on,” said Aaron Freeman in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
Aaron Freeman is of course the actual name of the infamous frontman Gene Ween, of the experimental rock band band Ween.
For the past 25 years Aaron has used his pseudo name night after night playing a strange breed of twisted rock and roll around the world.
“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 a breakup started swirling after a high profile on stage meltdown last year that culminated with Freeman wildly intoxicated and attempting to finish the show by himself after the other band members walked off. 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.”
Beyond Aaron’s statement, no word has come from the band nor their management. Their website does not list any upcoming gigs.
Watch: Ween playing Roses Are Free at Bonnaroo 2002
Watch: Ween playing live in 2005