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Published: 2017/01/10

Dean Ween Plays Rare New Year’s Eve Concert with Friends in New Hope

Jenny Lee Baniszewski

On New Year’s Eve, Ween guitarist Dean Ween, aka Mickey Melchiondo, sat in with friends Bill & Fred & Tomato’s Excellent Adventure in his hometown of New Hope, PA, two doors down from his regular haunt of John and Peter’s, where he hosts weekly jam sessions every Wednesday.

The intimate two-set performance saw Melchiondo join the group, which consisted of guitarists Bill Fowler and Fred Moore and percussionist Chris “Tomato” Harfenist, for several acoustic covers and one Ween original, plus the debut of “Jar Jar Binks,” a song that Melchiondo, who says he tries to write a song a day, had penned earlier in the day.

Some highlights of the night included an opening Pink Floyd medley and covers of David Bowie, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Spitune, The Clash, Bob Dylan and more. See the full setlist from the night below.

  • Bill & Fred & Tomato & Deaner’s Excellent Adventure*

Mojito Cube Caribe, New Hope, PA

Set I: Breathe* > Home*, Big Red Freak*, Spirit in the Night, Hold On a Minute, Rock the Casbah, Miss You > The Magnificent Seven > The Call Up > Miss You, Rebel Rebel, The Alligator, The Mollusk

Set II: How’s Your News Theme, Cambodia > My Girl > Cambodia > Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleoo (Ending) > Countdown to 2017 > Bad Boys, Heroes, Are You Expreienced, Purple Haze, Going to California, Happiness is a Warm Gun, Tired of It*, Jar Jar Binks^, Gotta Serve Somebody, Ora Lee*

*without Dean Ween
^debut

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