SHOW REVIEW: Ween at the Mission Ballroom

Ween played the Mission Ballroom on October 30, 2019.
photo by Fonald Photography

Ween at the Mission Ballroom, Denver
by Adam Perry for Westword 10/31/2019

Walking into the Mission Ballroom Wednesday night to see the first of Ween’s three Halloween-week shows, I heard an exchange that’s fairly common in the Mile High City these days: “You just moved to Denver? I did, too! I fucking love Denver.”

The two transplants then embraced and exchanged stories of recent experiences with “waking up in detox” after binge drinking. Between witnessing that conversation, being right in the middle of multiple fights in front of the stage, and hearing a two-and-a-half-hour set that spanned nearly all of Gene and Dean Ween’s thirty-plus years of making music together, I felt as much like I was at a Philadelphia Flyers game as a rock concert.

“Hi, Denver,” Gene said as the band took the Mission stage at 8:30 p.m. “We’re Ween.” The crowd roared.

“Jesus Christ!” he retorted.


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