In December, Missoula-based promotions company Logjam Presents announced it would partner with KettleHouse Brewing to open a 4,000-capacity amphitheater on the banks of the Blackfoot River in Bonner. Today, Logjam confirmed the first act for the music venue: experimental rock, soul, country, punk, funk and prog duo Ween will hit the stage on July 16.
Ween has been a band since 1984, and has released a slew of weird albums—Chocolate and Cheese, The Mollusk, 12 Golden Country Greats and Pure Guava being some of the most popular—each of which dabbles in a variety of genres. Ween's not everyone's cup of tea, but the duo has long been known for its diverse listenership, from hippies to punk rockers, so it was a downer for a lot of people when the band stopped playing together between 2011 and 2015. In an interview with Rolling Stone, and on their Facebook pages, Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, aka, Gene and Dean Ween, gave a few reasons for the breakup, including a fight about some demo releases, subsequent hurt feelings and Freeman's need for sobriety. In a 2012 interview with MTV, though, Melchiondo said what a lot of fans were probably thinking at the time: "The idea of quitting is just laughable. This isn’t something you can quit. This is a life sentence."
Last year, Freeman and Melchiondo proved Ween really wasn't dead when it played a few reunion shows and several festivals and released a live 25th anniversary edition of its debut album, GodWeenSatan. This year, a newly announced tour schedule indicates the band is back for good, and Missoula is in the thick of its revival.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 3, 2017, at 10 a.m. and will be available at The Top Hat, online or by phone at 877-987-6487.