Dean Ween
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Dean Ween

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
Michael Melchiondo Jr.
Dean Ween
Born (1970-09-25) September 25, 1970 (age 49)
Trenton, New Jersey United States
GenresAlternative rock, experimental rock, neo-psychedelia, hard rock, lo-fi
Musician, fishing guide
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass
Ween, Moistboyz, The Dean Ween Group, Desert Sessions

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 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.

In 1991, Melchiondo formed a punk rock duo with Guy Heller called the Moistboyz, who have released five eponymous studio recordings.

Melchiondo made contributions to two projects by his friend Josh Homme: The Desert Sessions and Queens of the Stone Age. On the 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.[1][2][3]

In 2012, in the wake of Ween's breakup, Melchiondo formed The Dean Ween Group.[4] In August 2016 the Dean Ween Group's debut album, The Deaner Album, was announced. It was subsequently released on October 21 through ATO Records.[5] A second album, rock2, was released in March, 2018.[6]

Projects and appearances outside Ween

Year Title Label
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
2016 The Dean Ween Group - The Deaner Album ATO Records
2018 The Dean Ween Group - rock2 Schnitzel Records


  1. ^ "CHOCOLATE AND CHEESE AND STRIPED BASS - Half of Ween Will Take You Fishing in New Jersey for $300 - Vice Magazine". Retrieved 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Mickey's Guide Service". January 1, 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger (June 14, 2011). "By night, he's a rock star - by day, he's a fisherman". Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "Dean Ween Group". September 9, 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ Kaye, Ben (August 8, 2016). "The Dean Ween Group share funky, spiraling new single "Mercedes Benz" - listen". Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ Polk, Leilani (July 6, 2018). "Dean Ween Group Is Going to Rock Your Fucking Face Off at Neumos Tonight". Retrieved 2018.

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