Today, in somewhat less than shocking news, RollingStone.com released an interview with Aaron Freeman, AKA Gene Ween, wherein the founding member of the band — that was seemingly born from a huffing affinity — stated that “it’s been a long time, 25 years. It was a good run.”
Freeman, who has struggled with substance abuse issues and is now reportedly clean, went on to state “For me it’s a closed book. In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open,” says Freeman. “There’s no, ‘Goddamn that such and such!’ For me, I’d like to think it’s a door I can close finally.”
Without citing a specific reason for the decision, he did make it somewhat clear that there was no turmoil between him and his co-founding Boognish brother, Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween).
Melchiondo, on the other hand seemed to be out of the loop. On his Facebook page, he posted the following status update: “This is news to me, all I can say for now I guess.”
To this, we at Honest Tune say “Good job, Gener… leaving your pal since the 8th Grade out of the fact that you are terminating his band. Keep it classy!”
In related news, Freeman, who has done many stints on the road under his now retired moniker is set to release a solo release his debut solo effort,Â Marvelous Clouds. Referring to it as a “recovery album” the record will consist solely of covers written by songwriter Rod McKuen, who has written songs for artists ranging from Madonna to Waylon Jennings and was a best-selling poet in the 1960s.
R.I.P. Brothers Boognish (1984â€“2012)