The keyboardist has always been a somewhat disrespected position in rock bands, but between the long intro riffs in Misfit Love and quick notes in Go With the Flow, much of QOTSA’s music depends on this instrument.
While Dean was relatively unknown to QOTSA’s fans when he was announced as the group’s 5th member, it quickly became clear to those who follow the band that he has plenty of musical talent and experience. Dean can play guitar, bass, keyboards and sing as well, although it looks as though he will be playing only keyboard & guitar for QOTSA’s live shows, at least for now.
From 1997-2005, Dean was the frontman for a group named The Waxwings and currently fronts a group named The Devotees. He has toured with The Raconteurs and Brendan Benson and joined Queens in the Spring of 2007. Dean was also a member of The Dead Weather. This Michigan native joins Josh, Joey, Troy and Mikey Shoes as the 5th and final touring member of QOTSA as they promote Era Vulgaris.
Dean released the debut album Hello=Fire from his solo project of the same name in 2009. The album features guest appearances by band members from QOTSA, Brendan Benson (who also produced the album) and Afghan Whigs bassist Michael Horrigan. In 2011, Dean said that he had begun working on a second Hello=Fire album, but his main focus was to help write and record QOTSA’s new album.