Ween Is Ending, Aaron Freeman Says

Gene Ween - H 2012
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Gene Ween - H 2012

"It's time to move on," the frontman said in a new interview but bandmate Mickey Melchiondo wasn't aware of the decision.

After more than 25 years as Ween frontman Gene Ween, Aaron Freeman is ready to close that chapter of his life.

"It's time to move on. I'm retiring Gene Ween," Freeman told Rolling Stone.

The singer, who formed the band with high school friend Mickey Melchiondo (also known as Dean Ween) in 1984 in Pennsylvania, squashed any possibility of a reunion down the line when asked if this meant Ween was done for good.

"Pretty much, yeah," he says. "It's been a long time, 25 years. It was a good run."

Melchiondo, however, was unaware of Freeman's decision to officially end the band.

“This is news to me, all I can say for now I guess,” he wrote on his private Facebook page, the New York Daily News reports.

Freeman had been toying with the idea of ending Ween for eight years.

"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, who recently released a solo album. "There's no, 'Goddamn that such and such!' For me, I'd like to think it's a door I can close finally."

During its run, Ween released several studio albums, the latest being 2007's La Cucaracha.