Ween at Royal Oak Music Theatre
Royal Oak, Michigan, July 30, 2010
Friday night, among other things, was a Mollusk showcase. This is supposedly Gene Ween’s favorite Ween record, and I’ll have to say it’s mine, too. They kicked the night off with “The Golden Eel,” and the set included “Mutilated Lips,” “The Mollusk,” “Buckingham Green,” and “The Blarney Stone.” Christ, that’s like half the album right there.
But The Mollusk showcase wasn’t the only great thing about this show. For instance, there was a smoke machine involved. Who doesn’t love a smoke machine?
They also played the inspiring and funky “Freedom of ’76,” with a rich falsetto vocal from Gene. It has one of my favorite Ween lines: “Mannequin was filmed at Woolworth’s.” Remember that movie? That store? Just a simple statement of fact, nothing more. The line after that is “Boyz II Men still kicking out the beat.” That one’s more a question of opinion, and could certainly be debated.
Completely different security experience than the last time I was here. When I saw Gov’t Mule here in October, the security team seemed to be peopled by guys on a prison release program. I was, um, forcibly ejected from the venue by a few of these lugnuts—for no reasonable cause—but not before we shared some words and a little, shall we say, jostling. You know you’ve got trouble when security calls for back up. [You badass! -ed.]
Anyway, it was all peaches and cream this time. Friendly, mostly smiling professionals in red shirts just making sure nobody blocked the exits or bothered anybody. Great time. After a bouncy, sing-along version of “Bananas & Blow,” Gene let us know they were having a good time: “It’s been a while since we’ve been here. We should come back more.” Definitely. I hope Ween makes it back to Detroit again soon. I’ll be there when they do.