Ween's Aaron Freeman Speaks From Rehab

By McCarton Ackerman 05/02/12

The experimental band's frontman checked into an Arizona facility after a disastrous show in Vancouver.

Aaron Freeman melted down at Ween's
Vancouver show in January.
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The normally media-shy Aaron Freeman—AKA Gene Ween of the experimental rock band Ween—has opened up about his current stint at a drug rehab facility in Arizona in a telephone interview. Shortly after a bizarre performance in Vancouver in Januarywhere Freeman appeared disheveled, was unable to play songs and insulted the crowdhe entered rehab and says the experience has saved his life. "It gets to a point where you realize that you’ve been in this rock ’n’ roll world for so many years, and it’s time to just take responsibility," he says. "Addiction is a very serious matter, and it can kill you. Over the years I’ve developed quite a problem, and I’ve been trying to treat it on and off for years now, and it just has not been working out." He reasons, "statistically, these days they say you fare much better when you put some serious time into your recovery, which is what I’ve done. It’s a very scary and insidious disease, so I’ve got no shame about it, and I’m very happy that I’m still around to even be in recovery." The 42-year-old is set to release his first solo record, Marvelous Clouds, later this month, with a second record to be released shortly after. While Ween haven't officially disbanded, they haven't released any new material since 2007's La Cucaracha; Freeman says he's putting the group on the back burner until further notice.

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