We’ve been keeping our readers posted on the interesting items Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo has been posting on his most-awesome AskDeaner.com website and today we’ve got another update. Not only did Deaner give an exciting report on the state of his star-studded new album, he also discussed his biggest regret of Ween breaking up the way they did.
[via Mickey’s Facebook]
As for the album, Melchiondo talks about its status and who plays on it…
I commenced writing new songs for a record about a year ago but got very serious around July of this year. since then I have been pretty much completely off the grid except for this website. I postponed all of my fishing charters until a later date and since mid-August I’ve been in the studio non-stop, 7 days a week working from 7pm until 7am. I wake up around 3 or 4 in the afternoon and I’m sorry to my friends who haven’t gotten any callbacks or email responses. I am on a mission to try and make a truly classic album and haven’t been so focused and driven in many years. The music will speak for itself when it’s released next year, to my ears and those people whose opinions matter it is pretty damn smokin’. My band is a combination of the best musicians I’ve encountered over the years. Guy Heller, Claude Coleman, Chuck Treece, Dave Dreiwitz, Glenn McClelland, Joe Kramer, Andrew Weiss, Joe Russo, Scott Metzger, Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, the list goes on and on and I’m sorry if I’ve forgotten anyone. We are in the thick of it right now and if we were forced to stop we’d have about 2 full albums of keeper quality songs already. We are keeping at it until November and then we’re going to Los Angeles to record the album with Josh Homme as the producer in mid-January, you heard it here first, although I’ve known this for months. Sonically it’s pretty damn impressive, my engineering chops have improved significantly over the years (25 years of recording tends to help) and if you can’t already tell, I’m very excited. It’s hard to even call what we’re doing “demos” because they sound incredible
He even posted a photo album from the sessions.
Mickey also addressed a question about his “old band,” aka Ween…
Hey. I already asked you an asshole question, and I’m sorry. Here’s a
real one, and I don’t even want you to answer it publicly, unless you
really want to: do you think things would be better between you and
Aaron if the situation hadn’t been such a case of blue balls? I mean,
it seems to me that there were some pretty obvious issues that had
been festering for awhile, but instead of bringing those issues to the
forefront, he just pulled the rug out. As an addict myself, I
understand why he did. It seems (hell, it IS) selfish, but when it’s a
choice between saving your own life and saving face with your friends,
it’s no choice at all. You’ve got to break some eggs when the omelette
is the thing that’s going to keep you sane and alive, rather than
depressed or dead. But the result is blue balls for everyone around
you. There’s no closure. No goodbyes. I do sense bitterness from you,
especially when you imply that the only way Aaron can justify what he
did is by recording the greatest solo album of all time, but I also
sense truly hurt feelings. Is this relationship beyond repair? Or
would things be reconcilable if you two had an opportunity to fag it
out and talk? Is closure possible?
A- Too many questions here. I wish we had done a farewell tour is all. I have no problem with Aaron leaving the band, it was the way it happened that was a shame. It would have been nice to end our long wonderful ride partnership with a proper send off and nice for the fans as well. It didn’t happen that way and I’m moving on.
We can only imagine what would a Ween farewell tour have been like.
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