Noted experimental rock band Ween has called it a day. Aaron Freeman, the group's lead singer (better known as Gene Ween) announced the split up in this week's Rolling Stone.
"For me it's a closed book," he told the magazine. "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."
While never gaining much commercial traction, Ween maintained a loyal, if not sizable, following. Formed in 1984, the band self-released half a dozen albums in rapid succession A brief flirtation with major label success resulted in their lone hit, Push th' Little Daisies in 1992.
The group, featuring Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo (known as Dean Ween) as the sole constant members, continued to release albums and tour around the world. The group's last album, La Cucaracha, was released on Rounder Records in 2007.
While Freeman's interview with Rolling Stone appeared to be an official announcement, Melchiondo was reportedly surprised at the news.
"This is news to me," said a post on his Facebook Wall. "[That's] all I can say for now, I guess."