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|Born||Michael Melchiondo, Jr.
September 25, 1970
New Hope, Pennsylvania United States
|Other names||Dean Ween|
|Occupation||Musician, fishing guide|
|Spouse(s)||Ellen Schmit (m. 1996 - present)|
|Children||1 son (b. 2000)|
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.
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".
On September 20, 2012, Melchiondo announced via his Facebook page that a new Moistboyz album and a solo record called "MIGGY" was nearing release.
Projects and appearances outside Ween
|1993||En Esch – Cheesy||TVT Records|
|1994||Moistboyz – Moistboyz I||Grand Royal|
|1994||Moistboyz – O.G. Simpson||X-Ploit Records|
|1995||Moistboyz – Second Hand Smoker||Arson Records|
|1995||Kostars – Klassics With a 'K||Grand Royal|
|1996||Moistboyz – Moistboyz II||Grand Royal|
|1996||Yoko Ono – Rising 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||Pigface – Preaching to the Perverted||Invisible Records|
|2002||Moistboyz – Moistboyz III||Ipecac Recordings|
|2002||Ben – I Am a Monster||Ben Chatrer|
|2002||Rollins Band – Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three||Sanctuary Records|
|2002||Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf||Interscope Records|
|2003||Desert Sessions – Volumes 9 & 10||Ipecac Recordings/Rekords Rekords|
|2005||Moistboyz – Moistboyz IV||Sanctuary Records|
|2005||Chris Harford – Looking Out For Number 6||Chocodog Records|
|2011||Ben – Bath||Ben Chatrer|
|2013||Moistboyz – Moistboyz V||Neverman Records|
|2014||Nick Oliveri's Uncontrollable – Leave Me Alone||Schnitzel Records|
- Ween – Dean Ween Guitar Rig Gear and Equipment Uberproaudio.com Retrieved: 2009-05-16
- "CHOCOLATE AND CHEESE AND STRIPED BASS – Half of Ween Will Take You Fishing in New Jersey for $300 – Vice Magazine". Viceland.com. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
- "Mickey's Guide Service". Mickeysfishing.com. January 1, 2010. Retrieved 2011-06-26.
- Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger (June 14, 2011). "By night, he's a rock star – by day, he's a fisherman". NJ.com. Retrieved 2011-06-26.