Mickey "Dean Ween" Melchiondo debuted the Dean Ween Group at
John & Peter's Place in New Hope, PA on Wednesday night. The band unveiled a number of new
songs and mixed in material from throughout Deaner's career and a few choice covers at the
intimate venue. Melchiondo is joined by longtime collaborator Guy Heller, Ween bassist
Dave Dreiwitz, guitarist Joe Kramer and drummer Ray Kubian in the new venture.
[Photo by Beta Klein]
According to a report from the New Hope Press, the band started out with a handful of songs as a
four-piece before Heller emerged on lead vocals. "Gabrielle," "It's Gonna Be A Long
Night," "Piss Up A Rope" and "A Tear For Eddie" were among the Ween staples played by the
Dean Ween Group in New Hope. The 90-minute set also included takes on The Velvet
Underground's "Sweet Jane" and David Bowie's "The Width Of A Circle." The New Hope Press
notes that "Night Crawler" (written by Mickey and a John and Peter’s bartender), "Bums,"
"I’ll Take It Break It," "I’m Gonna Get High" and "One For Garry" were among the new tunes
offered up by the Dean Ween Group.
We were also happy to see the instrumental "Dickey Betts," Deaner's ode to the former
Allman Brothers Band guitarist, made the set. Check out Mickey jamming on "Dickey Betts"
with Matt Sweeney in this video from 2013:
The Dean Ween Group now heads to Baltimore for a show at Ottobar tomorrow night.
[via New Hope Press]
[Published on: 3/21/14]