Ween in Oakland
January 30, 2011
Friday night was Ween's night. Dean and Gene's first performance in Oakland was a masterful showcase of high-energy rock and roll to the tenth degree. They tore through 36 tunes in just under three hours to a sold out audience. Joints flowed as freely as the fog machines.
Just a few nights earlier, during their Vancouver show, Gener had what appeared to be some kind of drug-induced breakdown on stage. After about eight tunes, the rest of the band became agitated and walked off stage. Gene followed shortly after attempting to play "Birthday Boy" solo.
Gene's bandmates must have given him a swift kick in the ass because the couple shows that followed the public debacle were among Ween's best in recent years. Some of the many highlights included a sweet cover of David Bowie's "Let's Dance," a shredding "Transdermal Celebration," and the rarely-played "Final Alarm." Check out the full setlist below.
Setlist: Fiesta, Nan, Transdermal Celebration, Take Me Away, Waving My Dick In The Wind, Bananas And Blow, Mister, Will You Please Help My Pony?, Learnin' To Love, My Own Bare Hands, Happy Colored Marbles, Baby Bitch, Did You See Me?, Demon Sweat, Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down), Voodoo Lady, Chocolate Town, Tried And True, Lucky Man (Emerson, Lake & Palmer cover), I Don't Want It, The Mollusk, Joppa Road, Help Me Scrape The Mucus Off My Brain, Wayne's Pet Youngin', Ice Castles, The Final Alarm, Buckingham Green, Your Party, Let's Dance (David Bowie cover), Fat Lenny, Sorry Charlie, The Goin' Gets Tough From The Getgo, Dr. Rock, The Blarney Stone Encore: Stroker Ace, You Fucked Up, Never Squeal On The Pusher (with a monster drum solo from Claude Coleman Jr.)