Returning after a four year hiatus, the Pennsylvanian oddballs kicked off their reunion tour with a three night residency a Colorado’s 1st Bank Center. Treating fans to three marathon sets, the band made good on a promise not play a single track twice.
Ween further surprised fans on their second night by pulling out a cover of Ace of Spades, which has often surfaced during various Ween performances dating back to 2003. Having covered the track no less than 27 times, the most recent rendition was given new meaning with the passing of frontman Lemmy Kilmister in December.
It’s not the first time Ween have paid tribute to the seminal metal outfit either. The group recorded the Motörhead inspired It’s Gonna Be a Long Night for 2003 album Quebec.
Ween parted ways in 2012 in an effort to aid founding member Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) in his battle with alcoholism.
Reflecting on the marathon reunion Michael Melchiondo (Dean Ween) shared his thoughts via the band’s Facebook group:
“4 years, and then a few months of thinking about nothing but these gigs. it was a mental ride for sure, the months seemed like years, the days seemed like months–6 weeks, 3 weeks, a week til rehearsals, days until the shows, hours before “the first show”, and now it’s past. it was so much fun that i can’t put it in a post.”