Saturday, December 01, 2007

Ween's Party at Terminal 5

@ Terminal 5
New York, NY - November 30 and December 1, 2007

2 and a half hours each night from the Ween team with only 1 song played on both nights, their brand new theme song "Fiesta". Gene had the vocal chops while Dean did the licks like the legend-in-the-making that he is. Dave, looking more like Larry Fine than ever, Glen, and of course Claude, all brought the elements to the mix. Claude stole the second night with a show stopping mega drum solo (and I mean show stopping, the show ended after he was finished), but also on the second night, at the conclusion of an acoustic set, Aaron put down the acoustic, picked up his gorgeous Gibson, and wailed a guitar solo on their greatest ballad, "I Don't Want It", that rivaled any great pop-rock solo, and equaled (if not actually briefly surpassed) Mickey's Fender magnificence.
For all the jamming Ween eventually falls on in their live set, their insistence on eclectic genre switching is what keeps 'em going and the shorter the better. Whether it's the punk rock fun of "Dr. Rock", the power pop of "Transdermal Celebration" and "Even If You Don't" (seven years after the latter's release, it's still looking good for winning the decade's Best Song award), or the pure rock of the exceptional "Gabrielle" (there's nothing like hearing 3,000 people sing along to a demo song), Ween does it all and blah blah you know the rest. But if you had to pick one genre, Ween does country the best. Not because the country songs are better than the pop and rock songs, but because Ween taps into a country vein in a fluid, smooth manner, it's astounding it's the same band. Of course, the country tunes find Ween at some of their most raw and bawdy - "Piss Up A Rope" and "Waving My Dick In The Wind" - but the country-rock of "Johnny On The Spot" shows Ween as the great musicians and songwriters that they are.
And even in the world of jamming, Ween finds a way. The Jazz of "Pandy Fackler" is like nothing else they do, and they do even that superbly. Ween can do no wrong. Except some of the long jams. But Boognish bless 'em, they're Ween.

Night 1 Highlights:
Exactly Where I'm At
She Wanted To Leave
Baby Bitch
Piss Up A Rope

Your Party
Voodoo Lady
Waving My Dick In The Wind
Even if You Don't
Johnny On The Spot
You Fucked Up
The Stallion
The Mollusk
Mister Richard Smoker
Pandy Fackler
Ocean Man
The Blarney Stone

Night 2 Highlights:

Take Me Away

Transdermal Celebration
Bananas and Blow
Spinal Meningitis Got Me Down
Learning to Love
Happy Colored Marbles
With My Own Bare Hands
Buckingham Green
Tried and True
Help Me Scrape The Mucus Off My Brain
I Don't Want It
Mutilated Lips
Roses Are Free
Powder Blue
Dr. Rock
Womand And Man
Stroker Ace

Night 2 photos

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