Hear Dean Ween & Friends Cover Pink Floyd’s ‘Echoes’ in Full
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Former Ween guitarist Mickey Melchiondo, better known as Dean Ween, fulfilled a long-held wish by finally performing Pink Floyd‘s epic ‘Echoes’ in its entirety during a concert on Friday night.
Even better, the “ultimate cover band” he assembled for the show at John and Peter’s in New Hope, Pa. — which also included Guy Heller, Bill Fowler, Ray Kubian, Sean Faust, and Chris Williams — posted the entire thing on YouTube, as you can hear above. “We grew up watching [Pink Floyd’s 1972 concert film] ‘Live at Pompeii’ all the time,” they explain, “and finally got to execute this song properly.”
‘Echoes’ is a 23-minute long, largely instrumental monster that takes up the entire second side of Pink Floyd’s 1971 album ‘Meddle.’ Melchiondo and company add almost fifteen minutes to that length in their faithful, and if we may say so, fantastic version of the song.
Ween broke up in May of 2012 when Aaron Freeman (formerly known as Gene Ween), Melchiondo’s co-founder in the group, quit to focus on a solo career. Melchiondo has kept busy since then by touring in support of 2013’s ‘5,’ the fifth album by his punk-rock band the Moistboyz, and preparing his first-ever solo record. His new outfit, the Dean Ween Group, will make their live debut on March 22nd in Baltimore, Md. You can get more information and full tour dates at their new official site.
Oh, and you’re going to want to read about his plans for a romantic evening with Diane Sawyer.