Gene Ween Returns With Billy Joel Tribute Band
Ween co-founder Aaron Freeman temporarily ditched his "Gene Ween" alias after the band split up, starting a new band dubbed Freeman in 2014. But for his latest project, a Billy Joel tribute band, Gene Ween is back.
"I’ve been listening to Billy Joel all my life, but I’ve started to study how he sings. He is a really intense singer, so I’m gonna be working on singing with the power and veracity of Billy Joel," Freeman told Fly Magazine. "I love Billy Joel ... We’re going to be doing at least a 90-minute set and a couple cool shows."
Freeman also shared his enthusiasm for the Joel shows on Facebook, posting an announcement on the Freeman band's page that shares his "deep and abiding man-love for the music of Billy Joel" and promises, "After years of conceptualizing, the dream of becoming one with Billy Joel has come true. ... Backed by a seven-piece band of fellow Joelophiles, Gene tears through the hits, and only the hits, from the man from Oyster Bay."
Ween's dates with the new band begin April 10 with a show at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY, and tickets are currently on sale via TicketFly (use the password PIANOMAN). Tickets for the second scheduled show, set for May 28 in Brooklyn, are available for purchase here.
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