Dean Ween

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Dean Ween
Dean Ween Outside Lands.jpg
Dean Ween performing with Ween at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco, California on August 30, 2009.
Background information
Birth name Michael Melchiondo, Jr.
Also known as Dean Ween
Born (1970-09-25) September 25, 1970 (age 46)
New Hope, Pennsylvania United States
Genres Alternative rock, experimental rock, neo-psychedelia, hard rock, lo-fi
Occupation(s) Musician, fishing guide
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums
Associated acts Ween, Moistboyz, The Dean Ween Group
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster[1]

Michael "Mickey" Melchiondo, Jr. (born September 25, 1970), better known by his stage name Dean Ween, is an American guitarist, and is one half of the alternative rock group Ween. Melchiondo is currently active in the groups Moistboyz, The Dean Ween Group and reunited with Ween.


Melchiondo met Aaron Freeman in a junior high school typing class in their hometown of New Hope, Pennsylvania. The two adopted the fictitious surname, Ween, with Melchiondo taking up the name Dean Ween and Freeman the name Gene Ween.

Melchiondo started up another band with his friend Guy Heller (who had a guest appearance on Pure Guava) called the Moistboyz.

After having recorded 12 Golden Country Greats, an album of ten country tunes Ween had written over the years with the help of Charlie McCoy, Buddy Harman, and Bobby Ogdin, in Nashville, Melchiondo married longtime girlfriend Ellen Schmit. The couple have a son named Beryan Wilson born in 2000. The family currently resides in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Melchiondo made contributions to two projects by his friend Josh Homme: The Desert Sessions and Queens of the Stone Age. On the l 2002 Queens of the Stone Age album Songs for the Deaf, Melchiondo played guitar on "Mosquito Song", "Gonna Leave You", and "Six Shooter".

In 2009 Melchiondo received his captain's license and regularly leads fishing trips off the Jersey shore as Mickey's Guide Service.[2][3][4]

In 2013, Melchiondo released the fitfth Moistboyz album, "Moistboyz V". In August 2016 the Dean Ween Group's debut album, The Deaner Album, was announced. It was subsequently released on October 21st through ATO Records.[5]

Projects and appearances outside Ween[edit]

Year Title Label
1993 En EschCheesy TVT Records
1994 MoistboyzMoistboyz I Grand Royal
1994 MoistboyzO.G. Simpson X-Ploit Records
1995 MoistboyzSecond Hand Smoker Arson Records
1995 Kostars – Klassics With a 'K Grand Royal
1996 MoistboyzMoistboyz II Grand Royal
1996 Yoko OnoRising Mixes Capitol Records
1996 Ben Vaughn – Instrumental Stylings Bar None Records
1997 Z-Rock – Hawaii Nipp Guitar
1998 Hub – Hub Slash Records
1999 Ben – Wool Ben Chatrer
2001 PigfacePreaching to the Perverted Invisible Records
2002 MoistboyzMoistboyz III Ipecac Recordings
2002 Ben – I Am a Monster Ben Chatrer
2002 Rollins BandRise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three Sanctuary Records
2002 Queens of the Stone AgeSongs for the Deaf Interscope Records
2003 Desert SessionsVolumes 9 & 10 Ipecac Recordings/Rekords Rekords
2005 MoistboyzMoistboyz IV Sanctuary Records
2005 Chris HarfordLooking Out For Number 6 Chocodog Records
2011 Ben – Bath Ben Chatrer
2013 MoistboyzMoistboyz V Neverman Records
2014 Nick Oliveri's UncontrollableLeave Me Alone Schnitzel Records
2016 The Dean Ween Group – The Deaner Album ATO Records


  1. ^ Ween – Dean Ween Guitar Rig Gear and Equipment Retrieved: 2009-05-16
  2. ^ "CHOCOLATE AND CHEESE AND STRIPED BASS – Half of Ween Will Take You Fishing in New Jersey for $300 – Vice Magazine". Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Mickey's Guide Service". January 1, 2010. Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  4. ^ Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger (June 14, 2011). "By night, he's a rock star – by day, he's a fisherman". Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  5. ^ Kaye, Ben (2016-08-08). "The Dean Ween Group share funky, spiraling new single "Mercedes Benz" — listen". Retrieved 2016-08-08. 

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