Ween is an American alternative rock band formed in New Hope, Pennsylvania in 1984 by childhood friends Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo Jr.. After meeting in a middle school typing class, the two began playing music and immediately chose the name Ween as well as pseudonyms Gene Ween (Freeman) and Dean Ween (Melchiondo), a choice inspired by The Ramones. Ween performed as a duo backed by a Digital Audio Tape for the band's first ten years of existence before expanding to a four (and later five) piece act.
The band's style is eclectic, and while they can generally be referred to as rock music, experimentation with various styles incorporating a strong element of humor and absurdity has been one of their defining tendencies. Ween developed a large, devoted cult following. After a 28-year run, Freeman quit the band in 2012.
In November 2015, Ween announced that they would reunite in February 2016 for three shows in Colorado, with later dates subsequently announced.