Review: Ween at the Fillmore Auditorium, 12/31/11, Night Three, New Year's Eve

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Eric Gruneisen
Ween at the Fillmore on New Year's Eve.


WEEN @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | NIGHT THREE | 12.31.11
See also, reviews of: 12/29/11 (night one) and 12/30/11 (night two)

Just in case anyone in the capacity crowd packed into the Fillmore Auditorium on New Year's Eve wasn't paying attention, Dean Ween sketched out the theme of the night after the first song, when the band kicked off the third and final concert of its series in Denver with the frenzied instrumental "Fiesta," from 2007's La Cucaracha, a speedy tune that features a faux trumpet melody spelled out on Glenn McClelland's keyboard and thunderous fills from drummer Claude Coleman Jr. "'Cause it's a party and shit," Dean Ween declared after the tune.

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Eric Gruneisen
Ween at the Fillmore on New Year's Eve

The rest of Ween's 31-song show included plenty of other subtle and outright musical references to the New Year's holiday. The heady "Transdermal Celebration," from quebec, made a nod in its title and lyrics to otherworldly revels. The performance of "Your Party" right before midnight (one of two sole repeats of the entire three-show, ninety-song live suite) was a clear-cut choice for the first party of 2012, as was the cover of David Bowie's "Let's Dance" that rung out just after the stroke of midnight and followed the release of confetti and balloons emblazoned with the demon god Boognish into the audience.

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Eric Gruneisen
Ween at the Fillmore on New Year's Eve.

While Friday's show explored the band's more instrumentally intense and jam-based tunes, Saturday was all about the party. Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo) and Gene Ween (Aaron Freeman) chose the holiday to most fully explore the tongue-in-cheek quality that's been an integral part of the band's identity since the beginning. Lighthearted and sardonic fare stood out from the beginning: Titles like "Waving My Dick in the Wind," "Push Th' Little Daisies," "Awesome Sound" and "Bananas and Blow" showed up within the first ten songs.

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Eric Gruneisen
Ween at the Fillmore on New Year's Eve.

Such platforms gave the Ween brothers the perfect forum to revive the comic element of their early days. Gene Ween was especially animated in his delivery of songs like "Push th' Little Daisies" and "Touch My Tooter," recalling the heady, experimental style he honed so well on the band's early recordings.

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Eric Gruneisen
Ween at the Fillmore on New Year's Eve.

Similarly, Dean Ween summoned an earlier incarnation of himself in his delivery of "Doctor Rock," "When the Goin' Gets Tough" and "The HIV Song," puffing out his chest like a peacock and twisting his face in comically exaggerated expressions in a style that recalled the days when he'd wear a silly hat as a matter of course. Melchiondo even picked up the bass for "Don't Laugh (I Love You)," a song that stretches back to the band's freshman album, GodWeenSatan: The Oneness.

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Eric Gruneisen
Ween at the Fillmore on New Year's Eve.

The shift toward the more bizarre and crazed end of the Ween spectrum seemed entirely appropriate for the holiday. Even the longer tunes of the concert, the songs like "Reggaejunkiejew" and "I'll Be Your Johnny on the Spot" that included lengthy guitar solos, seemed lighter than the expansive jams of the night before. One of Dean Ween's strongest and most powerful solos came in the middle of "Strap on That Jammy Pac," the opening song from what is arguably the band's most challenging album, The Pod. Hearing a such a tightly phrased and expertly executed solo in the middle of one of the night's most bizarre and abstract selections was a definite treat.


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1510 Clarkson St., Denver, CO

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Ohio
Ohio

Kent State University, not Ohio State.

redhalo
redhalo

The song you have listed as "Jammy Pac" was Beacon Light  thnxkby 

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