Ween founding member and lead singer Aaron Freeman, aka Gene Ween, has announced that he is leaving the band.
"It's time to move on," Freeman tells Rolling Stone. "I'm retiring Gene Ween. It's been a long time, 25 years. It was a good run. So that's all. There's no plans for any records or touring for Ween from my end."
The singer added that he’d been considering leaving the band for about eight years now, and that his decision wasn’t based on any issues he has with his band mates. "For me it's a closed book,” explains Freeman. “In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open. There's no, 'Goddamn that such and such!' For me, I'd like to think it's a door I can close finally."
Freeman released his debut solo album, Marvelous Clouds, earlier this month; it features covers of songs by singer/poet Rod McKuen.
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