Transdermal Celebration: A Tribute to the Music of Ween
Transdermal Celebration is a tribute to the music of the band Ween that will return to paint the town brown once again this HalloWEEN at Herman's Hideaway on Friday, November 1st at 7pm. Following their successful, entertaining spectacle of a debut in early 2013, the band will once again showcase songs from Ween’s lengthy, genre-smashing discography. The show is 21+ and tickets may be purchased at www.hermanshideaway.com.
Transdermal Celebration chose their favorite and most inspiring Ween songs to perform and added a batch of new songs for the HalloWEEN outing. The band aims to touch on the many different genres Ween has successfully mastered and lovingly mocked throughout their career. The 9-member group will trade off musical duties and play a game of instrumental-musical-chairs, so to speak, throughout the evening.
Throughout the the 20+ years of their existence, Ween and Colorado have nurtured a healthy, mutually beneficial relationship. Ween has headlined Red Rocks numerous times, performed a bursting-at-the-seams secret show at Hodi’s Halfnote in Fort Collins and, in 2011, they held a three night stint in Colorado culminating in a sold-out New Year’s Eve concert/party at The Fillmore. Shortly after The Fillmore show, lead singer Aaron Freemon (Gene Ween) sought treatment at a drug rehabilitation center in Arizona. Shortly after that, he left the band, much to the surprise to rest of the band and his longtime partner, Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween).
With no word on a farewell tour, Transdermal Celebration will attempt to satiate Denver Ween fans’ musical blue balls.
The idea of a Ween tribute act was inspired by coworkers’ Mickey Dollar and Mikey Reeves mutual obsession with the band while working at their warehouse job; the two insisted they ought to form a Ween Cover Band. After Mickey parted ways with the Denver band Vices I Admire, he found himself with a lot of time on his hands so he decided to spearhead the movement. He quickly recruited Mikey (guitarist in Vale of Pnath) and embarked upon a search for help from like-minded, Denver area musicians. Upon its announcement, the project quickly swelled to 15 or so members, then dropped to nine as it took a realistic shape. Nearly every member of the band Yerkish jumped at the chance to become involved with the project (vocalist Tim Kaminski, guitarist Nate Huisgen and drummer Ryan Eschenbach), as did two additional former members of Vices I Admire (Drummer Mark Towne and Bassist Robert Marston). The Ever’s (fka Carl Carrell and the Consequence) drummer Michael Gonzales and an all around talented musician and keys-tickler, Dan Fischer, rounded out the group.