Here’s where I gush about my favorite band, Ween, and show off the puppets I made of each of the band members. Gene Ween (Aaron Freeman) and Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo) are the founding members of Ween doing all the music. They were joined by Claude Coleman Jr. on the drums, Dave Dreiwitz on the bass, and Glenn McClelland on the keys. My Dean and Gene Ween puppets made their debut in 2016 at the San Francisco shows. The other three band members’ puppets were completed mid 2017. We’ve traveled to 7 different states to share them!
All of these shows were incredible and the fan meet ups were so much fun. I met so many people and made lasting friendships with some of the most creative, unique, and fun individuals. Sharing the Ween puppets with everyone was such a treat!
I have also made a several Boognish puppets, 2 big flans and several flan finger puppets, a yellow worm with teeth, and many, many Boognish Dwarf Finger Puppets. Needless to say, so much more has come out of this passionate Ween puppet project than I could have ever imagined!
Some highlights of the tours:
During the SF 2016 show, Dave notices the puppets and brings it to Papa Gene’s attention. He says “Puppets! That’s amazing! Now it’s all fucked up!” This totally made my night!
Someone made a meme of my Deaner puppet right after the first SF show. Please forgive the misspelling!
Dave meets Deaner and Gener puppet in Redmond, WA at a pancake house. It was thrilling and so neat to meet a rockstar I love!
Claude got to meet his puppet in Oakland when he toured with Angelo Moore in 2017.
The first group appearance of the Ween Puppet boys was at the Masonic in SF 2017.
We were in the Dallas Observer along with lots of other great fans dressing up for the HalloWeen show in Dallas in 2017!
In 2018 they made appearances at Red Rocks in Denver, Portland, and San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Nashville’s Ryman, and Atlanta’s Tabernacle. So much fun was had!
In 2019 we traveled back to Denver for another HalloWeen adventure, with a snow storm included!
In 2020 the pandemic hit right when the Las Vegas shows were to begin, so we missed that but got the poster! At the end of 2021, we got to see them in our home town of Oakland at the Fox Theater, though they did not want to let them in the venue. Sadly, we could not attend any Ween shows in 2022. We get to see them in July of 2023 and I am beyond excited!