Over the past few years, Aaron Freeman has been performing solo shows in small clubs under his ‘Gene Ween’ alter ego. More recently, he released a solo album, ‘Marvelous Clouds’, a collection of Rod McKuen covers, and toured under his real name supporting it. It seems like Ween fans may have to get used to this situation.

Rolling Stone reports than Freeman is retiring the Gene Ween alter ego, choosing to instead focus on his solo work. “It’s important to know that this isn’t a side project. I’m forging a new thing for myself. So that’s all. “There’s no plans for any records or touring for Ween from my end”, Freeman told the publication. Freeman made it clear that there is no bad blood between himself and Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween), or the rest of the band – despite a public onstage meltdown at a Vancouver show last year.

After years of self-releasing cassettes in the 80′s, Ween found fame when unlikely single ‘Push th’ Little Daisies’ found airplay on MTV in 1992. Since then, the bands’ offbeat sound and quirky, drug laced humor has gained them a cult following and several critically acclaimed albums.