Ween guitarist Mickey Melchiondo performing Saturday at North Tahoe
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — If one were to make a list of alternative rock bands — or bands, in general — that developed large, devoted cult followings, Ween is undoubtedly on or atop that list.
And once Ween split in half in 2012, there were two offshoot groups for fans to latch on to: Gene Ween, and Dean Ween Group.
Ween devotees, and experimental rock fans alike, will get a chance to see the latter group perform Saturday at the Crystal Bay Casino.
Knowing well of the rabid fan base Ween cultivated over its 28-year career, CBC manager Bill Wood expects the standing-room-only show to sell out.
“I just think it’s something that’s popular with a lot of people, and really a wide age group,” Wood said. “They got some of the younger fans that have gotten acquainted with Ween; and Ween’s been around awhile so they got an older audience, as well.”
The Dean Ween Group, a freewheeling, guitar-ripping outfit emoting the same punk-rock vibe as Ween, will kick down the doors — figuratively, of course — of the casino’s Crown Room at 9 p.m. Saturday.
“Ween has always been a very popular band, and when they split up, this gave us an opportunity to present them in a smaller venue, and we jumped at the chance,” Wood said. “We wouldn’t have been able to book Ween back when they were at the top of their game.”
According to a 2014 interview with the Asbury Park Press, guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo said that the group performs Ween classics like “Piss Up A Rope,” “Gabrielle,” and “It’s Gonna Be A Long Night,” among many others.
He said they also play cover songs and new material.
“At first I thought I had to separate myself from those songs, but then I realized that I wanted to embrace them,” Melchiondo told the Ashbury Park Press. “I spent over 25 years in Ween and there’s no reason to pretend that it never happened and I am not totally super proud of what we did.
“Those songs mean a lot to me and to the fans, they want to hear them and I want to play them, so that’s that really.”
Read more about the Dean Ween Group at thedeanweengroup.com.