Published Jun 21, 2012Late last month, Ween co-founder Aaron Freeman revealed that he was retiring his Gene Ween alias, which also meant the long-running skewed pop group were done. The news came as a shock to some, including Mickey Melchiondo (aka Dean Ween), who admitted the breakup was "news to me," but a recent statement from Freeman explains his decision wasn't as out-of-leftfield as it seemed, and had been brewing for quite some time.
"I want to thank each and every one of you for all of your kind words and support. It means a lot," he wrote on Facebook [via Rolling Stone]. "My decision to leave Ween, however interpreted, was absolutely not made in haste. It's evolved over a decade's worth of internal and external struggle."
While Freeman exclaimed that he's proud of Ween's expansive, browned-out back catalogue, he's looking forward to focusing on his solo work from now on. The musician recently released his solo debut, Marvelous Clouds.
"While Mickey and I are going our separate ways, I wish him only the best. I will always have nothing but love and respect for what we created together," he continued. "I need to now move on for myself and for my family. I still, as always, look forward to a future filled with music as Aaron Freeman."