Over the weekend, Ween headed to the Pacific Northwest, performing their final two shows of the summer at Troutdale, Oregon’s McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater on Friday and Saturday. Marking the band’s debut at the venue, the five-piece pulled out all the stops, offering up rarities and a debut during their two-night stand. On Friday, the major highlight was the live debut of “The Rift”, off 2005’s Shinola Vol. 1 but that dates back to the recording sessions for 1992’s Chocolate And Cheese. On Saturday, the big surprises of the evening were a cover of Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman”, marking the first time the cover had been performed by the band since August 31st, 2001 or a gap of 367 shows, and an encore of just Gene Ween and Dean Ween, including a bust-out of “Puffy Cloud”, which hadn’t been performed since October of 2004 or a gap of 254 shows.On Friday night, in addition to the live debut of “The Rift”, the group offered up a number of their most well-known tunes—”Piss Up A Rope”, “Buckingham Green”, “Take Me Away”,”Bananas And Blow” (which featured a tease of The Doobie Brothers‘ “Long Train Runnin’”, and others—in addition to more rare tracks, with “Albino Sunburned Girl” being performed for the sixth time since its bust-out in Las Vegas in early 2017 (69 total plays), “Wayne’s Pet Youngin” being performed for the tenth time since Ween’s return shows in Broomfield in 2016 (36 total plays), and “Seconds” being performed for the tenth time since 2017 after it was busted out for the first time since 2002 (28 total plays).“The Rift”[Video: monihampton]Full Show Video[Video: Tim Bartell]Setlist: Ween | McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater | Troutdale, OR | 8/17/2018Set: The HIV Song, The Golden Eel, The Rift, Object, Take Me Away, Transdermal Celebration, I Gots a Weasel, The Stallion pt 1, Wayne’s Pet Youngin, I Can’t Put My Finger on It, How High Can You Fly?, Frank, Albino Sunburned Girl, Piss Up a Rope, Chocolate Town, Buckingham Green, Mister Would You Please Help My Pony?, Seconds, Touch My Tooter, Japanese Cowboy, Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down), Happy Colored Marbles, Back to Basom, Mutilated Lips, Bananas and Blow, Your PartyEncore: Ocean Man, Don’t Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy), Homo RainbowOn Saturday night, in addition to more classic fare like “Voodoo Lady”, “Roses Are Free”, and “The Mollusk”, the band surprised the audience with two bust-outs across the evening. First was a cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”, marking the first time the song had been played since August 31st, 2001. The band used the tune to sandwich “You Fucked Up”, with Ween hitting a reprise of “Enter Sandman” after their take on the track off 1986’s The Crucial Squeegie Lip. Another highlight of the night was the band’s encore, with Gener and Deaner performing the night’s three-song encore as a duo. After opening with “Squelch The Weasel”, Gene and Dean offered up a bust-out of “Puffy Cloud”, marking its first play since 2004, before ending the show and the run in full with a performance of “Birthday Boy”.“Enter Sandman”[Video: monihampton]Full Show Video[Video: Tim Bartell]Setlist: Ween | McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater | Troutdale, OR | 8/18/2018Set: Captain Fantasy, Nan, She Fucks Me, The Grobe, Boy’s Club, Voodoo Lady, With My Own Bare Hands, The Stallion pt 3, Springtheme, It’s Gonna Be a Long Night, Puerto Rican Power, Licking the Palm For Guava> Mushroom Festival in Hell, Ice Castles> A Tear For Eddie, Zoloft> Pandy Fackler, Roses Are Free, Tried and True, I Don’t Want It, Enter Sandman> You Fucked Up> Enter Sandman (reprise), Kim Smoltz, Demon Sweat, The MolluskEncore: Squelch the Weasel, Puffy Cloud, Birthday Boy
Caitlyn Jordan Virginia Dandan, an independent expert on human rights and international solidarity for the United Nations Human Rights Council, lectured on solving local issues on an international level.This is especially important in developing countries, Dandan said, since they may not have the means required to solve a problem.“Many countries lack the financial resources and lack the human resources necessary to handle problems on their own,” she said.Yet international solidarity is still important in more established countries, Dandan said.“Even in wealthy countries, there are still pockets of poverty that remain,” Dandan said. “In trying to eradicate inequality and discrimination, what country in the world can do this on its own? They need international cooperation.”This international cooperation is universally beneficial, Dandan said.“Countries are still interdependent with each other,” she said. “They are still interrelated in what they’re doing.”Dandan said fighting human rights violations through international solidarity would make the causes of these violations clearer to other countries dealing with similar issues.“International solidarity tries not only to encourage human rights, but is able to get to the root causes of the violations of human rights at the international level,” she said.The movement aims to help all countries involved by promoting the values of the United Nations, Dandan said.“The collective purposes and actions of international solidarity must be directed towards fostering the three pillars of the United Nations, which are peace and security, development and human rights,” Dandan said.Luigi Crema, a visiting Kellogg fellow from the University of Milan, provided commentary on Dandan’s talk and discussed her role in the United Nations.“She is trying to take an idea from the limited boundaries of a political body and move it towards international needs,” he said.The global fight against terrorism is an example of international solidarity, since many countries acknowledge the threat terrorism poses and have worked together in an attempt to eliminate it, Crema said.“This fight embodies a political view that is global and not just local,” Crema said.Everyone can participate in international solidarity by remaining aware of global issues and becoming involved in attempts to eradicate these issues, Dandan said.“Those hopes that you have for your own individual tomorrow must include a very real engagement with what is happening around us,” she said. “Let us not give [future generations] a world where they have no more choices to make because they have to live with what we have done today.”Tags: Hesburgh Center for International Studies, international solidarity, Kellogg Center for International Studies, UN Human Rights Council, United Nations, Virginia Dandan Independent expert on human rights and international solidarity for the United Nations Human Rights Council Virginia Dandan spoke about the importance of international solidarity in a lecture Thursday afternoon sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Dandan said the goal of international solidarity is to allow local issues to be solved on an international level.“International solidarity is a platform that broadens the participation of implementing human rights across borders,” Dandan said.