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The Dean Ween Group
Dean Ween Group
Background information
Also known as Dean Ween and Friends, Dean Ween Group, Miggy
Origin New Hope Pennsylvania, USA
Genres Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Hard Rock, Stoner Rock, Funk
Years active 2013 - Present
Labels ATO Records, Schnitzel Records
Associated acts Ween, Moistboyz, The Desert Sessions, Queens of the Stone Age, Mark Lanegan, Z-Rock Hawaii, Meat Puppets, Parliament, Funkadelic
Website The Dean Ween Group
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The Dean Ween Group is a rock band from New Hope, Pennsylvania. Initially a solo project in the works it would serve at one point as the main project for one Dean Ween after the namesake band's breakup, this band incorporates a lot of the elements Ween were known for: Unpredictable rock sound, offbeat humor and a tight musicianship welcoming of a rabid following. Dean's main project also showcases a lot of guitar influences from the likes of Carlos Santana, Garry Shider, Dickie Betts, Les Paul, The Allman Brothers and many more.

The Dean Ween Group's core lineup features all of the touring members of Ween barring Gene Ween and along with performing originals written by Deaner the band has also performed classic Ween songs along with other covers the likes of The Carpenters, Funkadelic, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix among others. The Dean Ween Group has released two studio albums since their formation.

HistoryEdit

The Dean Ween Group's start would date back to 29 May 2012 when Ween would break up due to Gene Ween "retiring" his name.[1] Dean was unaware of Gene's intents at the time and would follow up with the following statement via MTV on 20 July: "I can only speak for myself, but as far as I’m concerned, as long as Aaron and I are both alive on this planet, Ween is still together. We’ve never broken up. The idea of quitting is just laughable. This isn’t something you can quit. This is a life sentence."

With Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) embarking on a solo career, Dean would perform various guest gigs with bands over the year before and begin work on a solo album (Then known as Miggy with Josh Homme as the initial producer)[2] and reform the Moistboyz, who had been previously on a six year hiatus. In an interview with LEO Weekly, Deaner explains the process of keeping busy with both projects in the light of Ween's dissolution:

"Well, after Ween went on break I started work on two projects at once — this album and the fifth Moistboyz album. After a week or two I realized I had to focus on one record and give it my all. So, I put this album on the back burner. This started back up about a couple of years ago. I had a few songs from the first go around I had set aside, but I threw them out, because by then I really felt like I was writing way better songs."
 
— Dean Ween, LEO Weekly [3]

With Moistboyz releasing their fifth album in November 2013, Dean would also perform a handful of shows around the USA billed as "Dean Ween & Friends" before officially going by "The Dean Ween Group" in 2014, performing a string of shows throughout the USA with the band touring all over the United States the following year. Dean Ween would go into 2016 performing a string of summer dates with The Claypool Lennon Delirium along with performing with Ween again and finishing the solo album, working with a host of guests throughout. Via Jambase The Deaner Album would be announced along with an October USA tour in support of the record alongside The Meat Puppets, featuring a diverse rock sound in the vein of Ween along with a host of guests and collaborators.[4] The Deaner Album would be released on 21 October 2016 to positive reviews. On 17 October Dean would be interviewed with Rolling Stone to which he explains the fourteen tracks that shape up The Deaner Album in intimate detail.[5] The Dean Ween Group would perform a short USA tour that next Winter as Dean focused on a second studio album.

On 10 January 2018, The Dean Ween Group would announce their second album Rock2 is set for a release on 16 March 2018 via Schnitzel Records. A Spring USA tour in support of the album will follow along with an Australian tour supporting Primus.[6]

DiscographyEdit

  • The Deaner Album (2016, ATO Records)
  • Rock2 (2018, Schnitzel Records)

MembersEdit

The Dean Ween GroupEdit

  • Dean Ween - Lead Guitar, Vocals (2013 - Present)
  • Dave Dreiwitz - Bass (2013 - Present)
  • Claude Coleman, Jr. - Drums (2013 - Present)
  • Glenn McClelland - Keyboards (2013 - Present)

Touring / Guest MusiciansEdit

  • Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) - Guitar, Vocals
  • Cris Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) - Bass, Vocals
  • Elmo Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) - Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Michael Hampton (Parliament/Funkadelic) - Guitar
  • Mike Dillon
  • Scott Metzger
  • Carol Brooks

ToursEdit

  • Dean Ween Group 2014 Shows (2014)
  • Dean Ween Group 2015 Spring Tour (2015) [7]
  • Dean Ween Group 2015 Summer Tour (2015)[8]
  • Dean Ween Group 2015 West Coast Tour (2015)
  • Dean Ween Group Summer Mini-Tour 2016 (With The Claypool Lennon Delirium) (2016)
  • Dean Ween Group Fall Tour 2016 (With Meat Puppets) (2016)[9]
  • Winter 2017 USA Tour (2017)
  • Rock2 Tour (2018)[10]
  • Ambushing The Storm Australian Tour (With Primus) (2018)[11]
  • Rock2 Summer Tour (2018)[12]
  • Rock2 September Tour (2018)[13]

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. SpinAccessed 22 January 2018
  2. Consequence of SoundAccessed 22 January 2018
  3. LEO WeeklyDean Ween talks about his new solo record, ‘The Deaner Album’, Accessed 22 January 2018
  4. JambaseAccessed 22 January 2018
  5. Rolling StoneAccessed 22 January 2018
  6. Consequence of SoundAccessed 22 January 2018
  7. BrooklynVegan
  8. Dean Ween Facebook
  9. Dean Ween Facebook
  10. Dean Ween Facebook
  11. Dean Ween Facebook
  12. The Dean Ween Group
  13. The Dean Ween Group
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