Watch Dean Ween Perform ‘Maggot Brain’ With P-Funk’s Michael Hampton

first_imgRecently, Mickey Melchiondo Jr. (aka Dean Ween) has been mourning the death of record producer Jeff Rusnak, who was ultimately responsible for releasing some of the earliest Ween recordings to a wider audience on the Bird O’ Prey record label. While little information has been publicly shared about Rusnak’s death, Melchiondo met up with a mutual friend, P-Funk guitarist Michael Hampton, to mourn the loss.Hampton and Melchiondo got together for the Invitational Music Jam at John and Peter’s in New Hope, PA, where Hampton suggested they perform the classic P-Funk song, “Maggot Brain.” As Melchiondo says, “I would have never, ever, thought that I would end up on a stage playing it note for note next to Mike (and he was using my guitar, pedals and amplifier) and hearing this screaming from an amp behind me. I was in disbelief, total shock that my life would lead me to that moment.”He tells the story better:There are things in life (if you’re as lucky and fortunate as I have been) that just don’t seem possible. Meeting and playing with Yoko and Sean at the Dakota, watching Neil young from behind Crazy Horse play “Hey Hey My My”, touring and recording with the Meat Puppets, and then this. I’ve established a good friendship with Mike Hampton that grows every day–but I never cross the line and suggest that we play “Maggot Brain”. It’s just too powerful of a song and needed to be saved for a special occasion. Unfortunately this time that occasion was the death of our mutually close friend Jeff Rusnak yesterday. Michael called this one out—if you could transport me back in time to when I used to play along with Eddie Hazel’s famous recording of this, I would have never, ever, thought that I would end up on a stage playing it note for note next to Mike (and he was using my guitar, pedals and amplifier) and hearing this screaming from an amp behind me. I was in disbelief, total shock that my life would lead me to that moment. but here it is, in HD as well. If you haven’t been to an Invitational Jam you need to come immediately—-this was the greatest thing that was ever performed at John and Peter’s, ever–and one of the highlights of my life, not just my musical life, my entire life.Without further ado, watch the magical “Maggot Brain” performance below:[via Ween Appreciation Society]last_img

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