Last night we saw Ween play at the Powerstation in Auckland. Wow. Just wow. Dean is by far the best guitarist I’ve ever seen live and live is definitely what they do best.
They played songs from all of their albums. Chocolate and Cheese got a lot of coverage and their second song was an excellent rock reinterpretation of Spinal Meningitis which normally has the feel of creeping through a hospital ward.
Dean got plenty of solos in (unlike their latest album) and there were mammoth solos pulled off by the keyboardist (Glenn McClelland?) and the drummer, Claude Coleman. Toward the end of Claude’s solo he dropped the sticks (hardly surprising – he must have been knackered) and continued on with his hands which must have hurt.
Toward the end (almost three hours!) half of the crowd had this we’re-sore-and-we-want-to-go-home worried look in their eyes while the other half were bawling for more. Ween, in my opinion, are the essence of what rock is all about.
Was anyone else there? What did you think?