Guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo celebrates his 46th birthday today. Earlier this year the native of New Hope, Pennsylvania returned to the stage with his acclaimed band Ween, ending a multi-year hiatus to the delight of their many loyal fans. For Deaner’s birthday today, here’s a look back at a highlight from the beloved group’s recent headlining appearance at Lockn’ Festival.
Early into their 26-song career spanning opening night set, the quintet featuring guitarist/vocalist Aaron “Gene Ween” Freeman, drummer Claude Coleman, Jr., bassist Dave Dreiwitz and keyboardist Glenn McClelland, delivered a performance of “A Tear For Eddie.” The classic song written for late Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist Eddie Hazel appeared on the band’s 1994 LP Chocolate And Cheese and is a platform for Melchiondo to take the spotlight and show off his soloing skills. Deaner is said to have received a letter from Hazel’s widow offering her thanks for the musical tribute.
Following a rendition of “Beacon Light” Mickey led the band through a performance of “A Tear For Eddie” that was captured by vidographer LazyLightning55a and can be seen in the video below (“A Tear For Eddie” starts at ~5:13), watch:
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