Ween usually played at least a few covers per set. One thing I liked about them was that they always, or almost always, chose very well-known songs. They weren’t trying to show off obscure influences (though they had them) or make do reinterpretations of songs (which is fine); they just used the covers to have fun and add energy to the sets. At a show in Portland three years ago, I saw them play Billy Joel’s “Honesty,” and then, as the final, sustained notes were decaying, they rolled right into a repeat performance of the same song, again. It was a hot, packed venue, and Ween was comfortable enough on the stage to say “hey, that was fun, let’s play ‘Honesty’ again.” It was certainly memorable.
Here’s a cover from happier times.