After leaving Ween in 2012, founding member Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) has released a new set of previously unheard demo recordings on his Bandcamp page.
The six-song set of demos, titled Gener’s Gone: The Final Demo Recordings of Gene Ween (2009-2011), are the last demo recordings from Freeman while he still carried the Gene Ween name.
Freeman left Ween in 2012 after 25 years when he and bandmate Dean Ween (Michael “Mickey” Melchiondo Jr.) decided to part ways. Freeman also revealed that he had struggled with alcohol and addiction in the past and cited “creative and personal dysfunction,” as the reason for Ween’s split-up. Freeman has since released one solo album Marvelous Clouds (2012) and has since continued to tour.
While the EP costs $6, the page has an option to donate more with the accompanying statement: ”“After 20+ years of near-fatal drug & alcohol abuse (thankfully culminating with intensive but successful rehab), AARON FREEMAN (aka Gene Ween) was left in a dire financial situation. All proceeds will go directly to Aaron, as he continues down the path
toward creative freedom and personal health.” As for the future, Freeman’s only offered a few words to fans: “stay tuned.”
Freeman’s EP is available today via his Bandcamp page.
Gener’s Gone: The Final Demo Recordings of Gene Ween Tracklist:
1. The Champion
2. Nature Man
3. Baby Don’t Be Afraid
4. Deep Calm
5. Stay With Me Daddy
6. Gener’s Gone