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Ween Tour Journals: 2000 Japan/Europe Tour – With Videos, Setlists and Archive Audio
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Ween Tour Journals: 2000 Japan/Europe Tour – With Videos, Setlists and Archive Audio

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Cover Photo Credit: BoognishBockwinkle

Welcome to part 3 in this series. You can click here to see all of the Ween tours we’ve catalogued so far in one place (protip: bookmark this instead of the individual tours). I’ll try and add one every few days until I run out of them.

If you’re new, basically all I’ve done here is take Mickey’s tour journals that he’s been releasing on the Ween Appreciation Society Facebook page, and added setlist links, audio archive links, videos, and images where I can find them. This time we’re looking back at the 2000 Japan/Europe Ween Tour. Enjoy, and thanks again to Mickey for providing these!

 

Mickey’s Tour Journals

Japan/Europe Tour Synopsis

“Hands down the best one I ever wrote—I been looking for it and just found it–this should be published because it could only happen to Ween:”

8/5 Osaka/SummerSonic Festival: Osaka Japan @ Stage-2 at Nangang WTC open-air stadium

“A whole day of traveling to get to Japan, only to play for 50 minutes in front of a crowd of about 900. the rest split to watch WEEZER on the main stage. After the show we had to drive all night to get to Mt. Fuji to play for another 45 minutes.”

ween summersonic 2000 poster

Sorry, no recordings or videos or anything from this festival seem to exist really. I found the poster, but that’s all. I did find some page here in Japanese that seems to have an old livestream, but I can’t get anything to play: http://www.livefans.jp/events/249106

 

8/6 Fuji/Summersonic Festival: Osaka Japan (Stage 2)

“This festival was at the base of Mt. Fuji, maybe one of the prettiest venues in the world. Of course the second stage was in a gymnasium, with about 900 people there. The other 30,000 people were watching WEEZER on the main stage. I guess we’ll have to wait to conquer Japan. Our attempts to find some Geisha girls to shave our nuts never panned out either.”

Same for day 2, no recordings or videos or anything from this festival seem to exist really. I did find some page here in Japanese that seems to have an old livestream, but I can’t get anything to play: http://www.livefans.jp/events/249130

 

8/18 Bizarre Festival: Dutch Border-Germany (Main Stage)

“A pretty good festival featuring Beck, Foo Fighters, and others. It was professionally filmed for German t.v. and we actually played really well.”

BrownBase Setlist

Setlist.fm Setlist

Archive.org Recordings

 

8/19 Highfields Festival: Reservoir Hohenfelden, Erfurt-East Germany (Main Stage)

“This show was in the former East Germany alongside a lake. Got to see the new Rollins Band who were one of the best bands I’ve seen all year. These festival setlists were about 50 minutes, not enough time for us to suck or kick ass…we played pretty well tho, i hope.”

Sorry, no recordings or videos or anything from this festival seem to exist really.

 

8/20 Hamburg Trabrennbahn Festival: Germany (Stage 2)

“I think this was the one at a racetrack, they all sorta blend together. The festival experience kinda blows, and after 3 days we had seen enough. Little porta-johns, lousy food, muddy fields, no soundcheck, shitty music on 4 or 5 stages simultaneously, nothin to do but drink yourself into a coma. I wouldn’t care if we ever played these shits again. Unfortunately, this night marked the birth of a really brown situation. While driving from this festival to Berlin, the 12 cd changer in our tourbus broke while loaded with our discs. Our bus was a British made piece of crap, which deserved to be burned to the ground. Claude, in a an alcohol induced moment of clarity, decided that he was getting the discs back at any cost. so with the help of his swiss army knife, he dismantled the stereo, leaving a pile of broken plastic and simulated walnut grain vinyl on the floor of the bus. Our bus driver (who shall remain nameless) took this a little too personally. This kinda thing happens a lot on tour and is usually resolved by the band paying for whatever damage they’ve done. Not this time though, as you will see by reading on.”

Sorry, no recordings or videos or anything from this festival seem to exist really.

 

8/22 Berlin Arena (with Foo Fighters)

“The “Berlin Arena”, sounds really nice doesn’t it? It was an empty hangar, (or warehouse) with big puddles of water on the floor. Probably could hold 12,000 people. As you can imagine, it sounded like shit, the Foo Fighters fans hated us, and we really didn’t give a flying fuck. Someone smashed out the tail light lenses on our bus, and despite our denials, our bus driver seemed absolutely positive that it had to be one of us who did this. All communication between band and driver ceased after Berlin, except when Aaron would address him….. in a poor British accent. On top of all this, Paul Monahan dislocated his knee while loading out. All the doctors gave him were muscle relaxers, much to my disapointment…I ate them anyway, but they didn’t do shit.”

BrownBase Setlist

Setlist.fm Setlist

A reporters account of the show from NYPress.com: http://www.nypress.com/ween-in-berlin-creamfields-2000-by-the-mersey/

Sorry, no recordings or videos.

 

8/23 Malmo, Sweden/KB Club

“This is such a beautiful place. All the women are blonde and perfect, and all the men were strong healthy aryan specimens. After 7 months of touring, our ragged, sorry ass collection of jews, negroes, and white trash, alcoholic, drug addicts came limping into this place on our broken-ass bus. 70 people showed up for the gig and we kicked their ass all over the place for 3 hours. Next up was a 24 hour drive back to England to play the esteemed Reading Festival, which would be headlined by OASIS. Here’s where it gets really chocolatey.”

BrownBase Setlist

Setlist.fm Setlist

Sorry, no recordings or videos.

 

8/25 Reading Festival (Radio One Evening Session Stage) – Little John’s Farm, Reading, England

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“24 hours on a bus sucks, no matter what your final destination. When you’re going to England, on a bus with no music, with a driver who hates you, to a festival packed to the gills with shitty bands, with diesel fumes blowing out of the vents into your bunk,it can have a devastating effect on the morale of a tour. We had just taken the ferry from Belgium back over to Dover, England and we had about 3 and a half hours to get to our hotel in Redhill where we would rest before the Reading Festival. I had eaten a bunch of some girl’s menstrual cramp medicine with a lot of vodka and passed out in the upstairs lounge in front of the tv watching “Men in Black” when the bus suddenly stopped on the side of the road. Our driver had seen enough of Ween apparently, and called the police on his cell phone to meet him at a pre-determined location. He came into the back of the bus and the dialogue went something like this. “The police are here,get your shit and get the fuck off me bus…..” The cocksucker had called the police and left us on the side of the road. In retrospect, this was probably a smart move on his part for 2 reasons. 1) where I come from, this is justifiable cause for a complete beatdown, and the police probably saved his life…and 2) we were seriously considering setting the bus on fire at the end of the “tour.” Fortunately, the hotel was only a short distance away, and it was agreed between the police, driver, and Paulie (our tour manager) that the driver would drive our equipment to a rest area and wait for a new bus company to come get our shit. Dave Dreiwitz took pictures of this whole fiasco, I’ll try and post them soon. Our new bus driver was named Uncle Mattie and he was about 7 feet tall. We got along great, altho this bus wasn’t allowed to pull a trailer, which forced us to finish the tour with the equipment on the bus…in the aisles. Oh yeah, the Reading Festival sucked balls, and our new bus broke down 10 miles outside the festival on the first day. The poopship was now in full effect, with it’s coordinates firmly locked on any unfortunate motherfucker who would cross our path.”

BrownBase Setlist

Setlist.fm Setlist

Sorry, no recordings or videos.

 

8/26 Pukklepop: Belgium (Stage 2)

“Nice festival, too bad we sucked. I”m into the word Puklepop though.”

BrownBase Setlist

Setlist.fm Setlist

Sorry, no recordings or videos.

 

8/27 Lowlands: Amsterdam (Golf Stage)

“Sometime in the night, the bus arrived at our hotel in the middle of nowhere in Holland. Unbeknownst to me, there weren’t enough rooms for all of us, and I was passed out in my bunk. Not wanting to wake me up (because there wasn’t a room for me anyhow) Paulie decided to let me stay asleep on the bus. I woke up at like 4:30 am and decided to check into my room. The front desk receptionist didn’t have a key for me, didn’t speak English, and all I wanted at this point was a bed and a shower. I found an open door to a room where someone had checked out and passed out there. Well, Paulie never checked my bunk the next day and left without me for the festival. I woke up in Dunkelmoidel, Holland (or some such shit) and the bus was gone. I had no money, no clothes, and no information about where I was supposed to be. So I sat in the lobby until those bastards got to the gig and realized they had left me somewhere. Eventually someone came back for me and we played probably the best festival set we’ve ever done for about 15,000 appreciative fans. It was totally fueled by frustration and hatred.”

lowlands 2000 bill

BrownBase Setlist

Setlist.fm Setlist

Archive.org Recordings

 

8/28 Leeds Festival (Radio One Evening Session Stage) – Bramham Park, Leeds, England

“The Leeds festival is basically the same as the Reading Festival, just in a different muddy field in the North of England. Saw the awesome American punk band AMEN, who kicked everyone’s ass on this day. Their singer, who was a really sweet guy, had a broken ankle and was kind enough to give me some Percocet which made me feel a lot better for a couple of hours.”

leeds 2000 poster

BrownBase Setlist

Setlist.fm Setlist

Sorry, no recordings or videos.

 

8/30 Amsterdam: Paradiso

“Our triumphant return to Amsterdam, this show was sold out in advance and really went off well. Great, rowdy audience, which is uncommon in Holland, although I felt like at least half the crowd were Americans. I finally went to the Van Gogh museum, after 15 visits to this city. Did all the usual misbehaving which is expected on a visit to this town.”

BrownBase Setlist

Setlist.fm Setlist

 

8/31 Two Days a Week Festival – Ottakringer Arena, Wiesen, Austria

“It’s a long fucking drive from Amsterdam to Austria with no days off. We were 6 hrs.late and arrived just in time to set up our shit and play… between the Deftones and Blink 182. Needless to say, the crowd hated us…and it took about 2 minutes into our set for me to get hit with the first beer can. This trend continued for the duration of our performance and climaxed with me getting hit in the face with a full cup of liquid during “The Blarney Stone.” At first I thought it was human piss, but it was cold enough where I realized that it was probably just beer. You assholes can suck my New Jersey dick.

BrownBase Setlist

Setlist.fm Setlist

 

9/1 Winterthur City Festival, Switzerland

“A storybook little town in Switzerland, this festival was in the street. it was pretty enough to be on a postcard. There were only 3 bands, us, Boss Hog, and a local band. This was a lot of fun, and reminded me a lot of what I used to like about touring Europe.”

Sorry, no recordings or videos or anything from this festival seem to exist really.

 

9/2 Munich: Elserhalle

“A really nice, new club that provided us with some of the best food we had on this tour. I asked the promoter if he could get me any painkillers and he went out and bought me a bottle of Aspirin. Other than that, it was a great gig.”

BrownBase Setlist

Setlist.fm Setlist

Archive.org Recordings

 

9/5 Stuttgart: Longhorn

“We had 2 days off in Stuttgart. Not Paris, not Switzerland, Stuttgart. Mick Preston and I wanted to take the train into town to shoot some pool, but the bitch at the front desk gave us bullshit instructions, so instead we took the train North into the middle of Germany. The cab ride back cost us 90 marks. As an experiment, (and out of laziness) I recycled our setlist from Pomona, California for this show and it ruled a second time.”

BrownBase Setlist

Setlist.fm Setlist

Archive.org Recordings

BrownTracker.net Recordings

 

9/6 Paris: La Bulle Noir

“For some reason, we have only played in Paris one other time, opening for NoMeansNo back in 1990. This small club was sold out and we played one of our best gigs of the year. Hopefully it won’t take 10 years for us to come back to France. Met Emanuel, the dude who publishes “Weenbeat” fanzine, a magazine dedicated to us. We missed the fuel strike by 10 hours, enough time for us to get the hell out of France. Back to jolly old England to finish this hellish tour. 9/7 London: Astoria The British press have never had a kind word to say about Ween. For some reason tho, White Pepper has been different. Our gig was sold out in advance, like 2,250 people who gave it up 100 percent for us. I got hit in the face with ice on the first tune, and beer cans rained down on us throughout the whole show. Apparently, this has replaced “gobbing” as an act of appreciation by the British audience. Hopefully next time we come to England we’ll have our shit cannons in working order so we can return your gratitude. Catch the vapors, I’m going home.”

BrownBase Setlist

Setlist.fm Setlist

 

 


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