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V.23 No.36 | 9/4/2014
Robert Rhatigan
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Feature

The Man Who Tripped Himself Sober

One man’s alcoholism recovery story

Robert Rhatigan tried everything from Alcoholics Anonymous to prescription medications. But nothing worked until he took a trip to the Peruvian rainforest.

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V.18 No.36 | 9/3/2009
Ween’s Gene (Aaron Freeman) and Dean (Mickey Melchiondo)
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Music Interview

Prozac Enemas

A rare chat with Ween

Despite last year’s joyous release of an incredible live show from 1992 [Live at The Cat’s Cradle, 1992, Chocodog Records], all those early years when Ween consisted of Dean and Genetwo young, talented and hilarious Pennsylvania kidsand a drum machine seem like ancient history. Seeing a Ween show without drummer-extraordinaire Claude Coleman behind the kit has been impossible for the past 15 years, but that could change soon: Rumors have been spreading all over the Internet this summer about Colemana multi-instrumentalist who also leads the band Amandla and teaches at the Paul Green School of Rock in NYCtaking a break from Ween to make sense of a life that has perhaps appeared too fast and fun since his near-fatal auto accident. He even confirmed it in a heartfelt statement. However, when asked about Coleman’s departure, Dean Ween (born Mickey Melchiondo) told the Alibi, “Claude is still in the band the last time I checked.” In a follow-up e-mail, Ween’s manager Greg Frey told the Alibi, “Mickey's answer regarding Claude is spot on. Anything else is hearsay.”

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