By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Alt-rock duo Ween has embarked on their most extensive tour in three years, in support of “La Cucaracha,” which will be released on Rounder Records this week. The tour kicked off in Bloomington, IN on Oct. 16 and wraps up with two nights at the new 3,000-seat Terminal 5 in New York City. Dean and Gene Ween, a.k.a. Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman, will visit 26 North American cities on the trek.

“La Cucaracha” was recorded in a rented, moldy 200-year-old farmhouse in their hometown of New Hope, PA. It is their first studio album in four years and their most ambitious release since the 1994 classic “Chocolate and Cheese.”

“I will say that we are super happy with ‘La Cucaracha,’ we consider it to be a party record, unlike our last record which was more of a Jonestown type party vibe,” stated Dean Ween in a press release. “This record is a lot more fun because that’s where we’re at right now–I’m getting teary-eyed just typing this. I’m gonna go deal with my tuberculosis now.”

Ween itinerary:
16-Oct Bluebird — Bloomington, IN
17-Oct Canopy Club — Urbana, IL
19-Oct Orpheum Theater — Madison, WI
20-Oct Aragon Ballroom — Chicago, IL
22-Oct Pageant — St Louis, MO
23-Oct PromowWest Pavillion — Columbus, OH
25-Oct HOB — Cleveland, OH
26-Oct The Docks — Toronto, ONT
27-Oct State Theater — Detroit, MI
4-Nov Rialto — Tucson, AZ
5-Nov House of Blues — San Diego, CA
6-Nov Majestic Ventura Theater — Ventura, CA
8-Nov Wiltern — Los Angeles, CA
9-Nov Santa Cruz Civic — Santa Cruz, CA
10-Nov Warfield — San Francisco, CA
12-Nov Roseland — Portland, OR
13-Nov Paramount — Seattle, WA
14-Nov Queen Elizabeth Theater — Vancouver, BC
16-Nov Flames Central — Calgary, AB, Canada
17-Nov Events Center Edmonton — Edmonton, ALB
23-Nov Sonar — Baltimore, MD
24-Nov Tower Theater — Philadelphia, PA
26-Nov Higher Ground — Burlington, VT
28-Nov Orpheum — Boston, MA
30-Nov Terminal 5 — NYC, NY
1-Dec Terminal 5 — NYC, NY