Twenty years ago today bassist Dave Dreiwitz received a call that changed his life forever and solidified the lineup of a New Hope, Pennsylvania rock band that remains intact to this day. On April 7, 1997 Ween guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo asked Dreiwitz if he “Wanted to do some playing” with the group and thankfully for Ween fans Dave said yes.
Dreiwitz shared some memories of that fateful day 20 years ago as well as a handful of rare photos from his first year in the band. “It was twenty years ago today Deaner called me up to play…we never really were in style but I think we made people some smile…This day twenty years ago, I got a call from Dean Ween telling me Ween had just finished their new record The Mollusk…He then asked me if I wanted to do some playing with them… it was the phone call I had been waiting for,” Dave wrote.
It didn’t take long for Dave to make his first appearance with Ween. Just five days after receiving the call, Dreiwitz performed “The Golden Eel” with Ween on the Comedy Central television show Viva Variety. The lineup of Deaner, Dreiwitz, guitarist/vocalist Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman, drummer Claude Coleman Jr. and keyboardist Glenn McClelland have gone on to play hundreds of shows together and remain the touring lineup for Ween through the present day.
Watch Dave Dreiwitz make his Ween debut:
Dave unearthed four photos from his archives that he shared on Facebook in honor of the anniversary. Included within are snaps from Ween’s brief run on the 1997 H.O.R.D.E. tour such as a photo of Dreiwitz and Neil Young as well as an image of Ween with H.O.R.D.E. co-founder John Popper.
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