Ween Hoping To Return 'Browner Than Ever'

But with any luck, the rock duo will return "browner than ever," group member Mickey "Dean Ween" Melchiondo wrote.

Ween remains on hiatus after canceling a U.S. tour last fall due to an undisclosed health issue afflicting one of its members. But with any luck, the rock duo will return "browner than ever," group member Mickey "Dean Ween" Melchiondo wrote on Ween's official Web site.

He added that there's no timetable for Ween's next studio album, but that another CD, expected to be a live album, will appear beforehand on the band's own Chocodog imprint. "I don't want to reveal what will be on it just yet but I think many people are gonna freak out," he said. It has been a long time in coming."

"I imagine that we'll be back in the studio and on tour sometime later this year so please just bear with us," he reported. "I'm amazed at the amount of people e-mailing us, begging us to save another Bonnaroo festival this year with our presence. We are not relief workers."

In the meantime, Melchiondo says he is "pretty far along" on the fourth album from his Moistboyz project, while drummer Claude Coleman has recorded an album with the band Amandla.

However, one piece of Melchiondo-related music that may not see the light of day for awhile is his contribution to the Queens Of The Stone Age track "The Fun Machine Took a Sh*t and Died," which didn't make the cut for the band's upcoming Interscope album, "Lullabies To Paralyze."

"It's a monster, but we didn't finish it in time," QOTSA leader Josh Homme tells Billboard.com, adding that "Mickey is such a straight shooter. You'll play him something and be like, 'How about this?' And he's not afraid to say, 'Actually, that's pretty lame.' To me, that's such a relief!"