After a 25-year run, it looks as though Ween have officially called it quits.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) said he's retiring his alter ego because "it's time to move on."
The news comes after Freeman released his first solo album, Marvelous Clouds, just a few weeks ago. Last year, he checked into rehab for substance-abuse issues, but claims he is on good terms with the band's co-founder, Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween).
"For me it's a closed book. In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open," Freeman said. "There's no, 'Goddam that such and such!' For me, I'd like to think it's a door I can close finally."
Ween was formed when Freeman and Melchiondo were in high school. They first broke out on MTV with their video for "Push Th' Little Daisies" from their major label debut Pure Guava in 1992, and despite a prediction from Butthead (of MTV hit series Beavis and Butthead) that "these guys have no future," they went on to release eleven full-length albums over the course of their career.
After Marvelous Clouds, a covers collection of songs by Rod McKuen, Freeman plans to work on a record of all original material. "It's important to know that this isn't a side project. 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."