This tour (and the time off recording La Cucaracha in a farmhouse in Pennsylvania) seems to have done Ween good as they were back to form after a few recent years of mediocre-yet-entertaining gigs. Highlights included lesser-played gems like “Marble Tulip Juicy Tree,” “The Stallion, Part V,” “Frank,” and “The Argus.” Other crowd pleasers like “Ocean Man,” “Booze Me Up And Get Me High,” and “Mutilated Lips” did not disappoint. Sadly, “Baby Bitch” – this writer’s all-time favorite by the band – was not on the setlist. Gener was enjoying himself, as usual, smiling and swaying around the stage. Deaner kept relatively mum during the show, choosing instead to let his Stratocaster inform the young audience why he is one of the most skilled guitarists playing today.
As the sun went down (and the drugs presumably kicked in), even those famously-disaffected Williamsburg hipsters in attendance began to loosen up. Glancing around the audience, the hippie/jamband types weren’t the only ones dancing. And by the time the band ended their encore with a double-barreled blast of “You Fucked Up” and “Dr. Rock,” a new generation of Ween fans, many born after the band’s formation, stumbled out into the hot summer night.
// Text: Lisa Digernes
Photo: Ranjit Mahida