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Published: 2012/10/08

Phish Teases at a Justin Bieber Show

There have been some new developments in the once unlikely Phish/Justin Bieber story. As previously reported, Bieber’s guitarist/musical director Dan Kanter is a longtime jamband fan and even took the teen idol to a Phish show in California earlier this summer. Kanter also helped Phish lighting designer Chris Kuroda score a lighting gig on Bieber’s current arena tour (Bieber reportedly just beat Kuroda in ping pong backstage).

Now, Kanter has started to work some Phish teases into Bieber’s show. A series of recent videos reveal that Kanter has started to tease Phish staples like “Divided Sky,” “Sand” and “First Tube” during Bieber’s sets. Be sure to skip 4:32 (“Sand”) and 5:35 (First Tube) in the video above and to 13:40 (“Divided Sky”) in the video that we’ve posted below to see Kanter’s unlikely teases.

For more on the Phish/Bieber connection, be sure to read our recent interview with Kanter.


There are 53 comments associated with this post

Scott October 8, 2012, 18:01:37

oy vey

EV October 8, 2012, 18:25:44

Ugh, that’s all we need, Bieber fans snatching up all the mail order tickets for next summer tour

Ace October 8, 2012, 19:50:26

Sweet! Should infuse the audience with some young meat!

why October 8, 2012, 20:32:29


rusty October 8, 2012, 20:49:09

please let this story end right here. PLEASE!

ed October 8, 2012, 21:26:12

Heavy beats on Sand. Nice. Live band ++

Makaela October 8, 2012, 23:29:25

I luv u Justin! Fuk haters! Period.

adam October 9, 2012, 00:49:04

the guitar player (not using the term guitarist) needs to stop playing phish licks at a bieber show just cause he bribed Kuroda to do the lights. They are both in it for the money, obviously not biebers “music” and this is sad to hear about, sick that they both are allowing this to happen, they should quit while they are ahead, its kinda disrespectful to Phish. beibers music sucks so bad they are both resorting to try to play phish music as they mock beibers show. this guitar player should go start his own band and learn how to play original music, kurodas got skills and has sold out to bieber and all those screaming pre teen girls

steve b October 9, 2012, 08:44:40

I hate Bieber BUT, Adam- what do you do for a living? how is basically a studio/tour musician selling out for simply using his “skill set” to earn an income like anyone else.. Where exactly do you work, and tell me how you havnt “sold” out. Id love to see what products you buy, clothes you wear and food you eat- once I am confident that you, like Ghandi, spin your own cloth and grow your own food maybe I will reconsider… What working professional doesnt do “IT” for the money?

Shred October 9, 2012, 08:57:02

All the attention this is getting is exactly why Kuroda and Kanter are doing this. Upsetting both the Phisheads and Bieber fans. So awesome. Deep down every artist wants to have real talent. Whether Beiber or Swift do isn’t relevant. They will exist either way. Keep embedding great songs in the Subconscious of young people. Gives me hope that someday soon they’ll out on Fizz Graffiti and find out what music really is about. And as far as money goes, I work for money. So does Kuroda. I doubt anyone in his position would decline an offer like doing lights for Beiber.

rANDY fLOYD October 9, 2012, 10:21:27

i’m sorry, but this is awesome

Matt G October 9, 2012, 10:58:54

When is this non-sense going to stop? PHISH teasers @ justin bieber shows. How about for the next artical you write about this crap, should be how kanter should knock it off.

Tom October 9, 2012, 11:18:08

If you’re really, truly worked up about this, I envy your problem and stress-free life. File under ‘Amusing and Harmless.’

Hah October 9, 2012, 12:20:37

The only people that really notice or care about this are Phish fans or phans if you must. I think its great now I cant talk shit to all these hot chicks that dont like my music taste and now seduce them into coming to a Phish show with me and having the best time of their lives.

Joe Artese October 9, 2012, 13:50:00

This is just another example of how obnoxious hardcore music fans can be…seriously, who gives a damn? Grow Up! Dan Cantor is making a living playing guitar. What do you do? I sit in front of a computer all day…AWESOME! He obviously loves good music and has fun playing sold out shows every night…so he couldn’t get a gig with phish so he decided yeh i’ll take a million dollar a tour paycheck to play in bieber’s band. I’ve had this discussion with a friend before, would you rather be nickleback’s guitarist or keep your current desk job…phshhh easiest answer ever…nickleback…the worst band in the world…why? because that’s better than the crap we all do in our daily lives!

hah October 9, 2012, 13:12:07

can not cant*

Chris October 9, 2012, 13:44:32

Adam, your opinion is appreciated but I think you’ve missed the point. Dan Kanter is a guitarist. Remember what teases are? When Trey teases “Streets of Cairo,” it’s because he likes the song. He obviously listens to it often and when Phish is playing and Trey is reminded of the song he plays a few notes from it. Dan Kanter teasing “Sand” is no different. Kanter is a Phish fan, listens to Phish, and when he is reminded of Phish, he teases songs. For the people complaining/joking about Bieber Fans coming to Phish. Lets get real! They don’t even notice the teases. Why would they? They’ve never listened to Phish and they are reading If you’ve never listened to the Grateful Dead would you recognize the 6/24/00 Tweeezer “I know you Rider” tease? Further more, congrats to Kuroda for his new gig. Talented people like to challenge themselves, and lighting a big budget Bieber show is just that. It’s a completely different approach to his art and I bet he has had a lot of fun doing it.

M October 9, 2012, 14:17:44

I heard that the Biebs is gonna cover Hoist on Halloween.

Cloudy Knight October 9, 2012, 16:18:30

Who knew Phish Phans were so humorless.

Jong Jillio October 9, 2012, 14:33:22

Anyone who is upset by this misses the point. It is a fun joke for the guitarist to play the Phish music he likes in front of a bunch of unknowing fans at Bieber concerts, and he is also on some level exposing them to it. Also, think about all the Phish heads who accompany their girlfriends/wives/boyfriends maybe to Bieber shows and get the fleeting pleasure of the quick Phish tease.

adam October 9, 2012, 14:59:12

For the record, I am a buddhist monk and I weave my own clothes and tend to my own garden daily, just in case you were wondering. Just thought that Kuroda had standards to stick to the jamband community and not the pop one, guess hes got pretty low standards, and so does that guitar player, they are working for that $$ and not for what they truly love to do, its just sad to see them bending down low for a big paycheck when they have talent to do better, but whatever to each his own…

Jim October 9, 2012, 15:39:02

Your reasoning seems pretty confused. It appears that you are some one who holds Phish and their lighting director in high regard yet you are degrading the Beiber’s camp for doing the same. That makes absolutely no sense. To say a lighting director should turn down the opportunity to script a one of the biggest music acts on the planet because…he’s a “lower standard” then the jambands scene (how so? What do you mean?) is not only niaeve but I pretty presumptuous as to what sorts of challenges and projects Phish’s light guy enjoys. Seems to me pop shows have far more lighting and special effects going on than a jamband.

SugarHillGirl October 9, 2012, 15:59:33

In response to Jong Jillio’s post…exactly, I just emailed the link to a freind who is bringing his grandaughter to see Justin Bieber…I told him to remember to bring his hoola hoop!!

Ron October 9, 2012, 16:01:38

Awesome. I think it would be funny-cool it Phish covered the biebs on NYE. #yolo let them do what they want.

Frankie October 9, 2012, 18:11:01

Don’t get your panties all bunched up over this. There is no way in HELL Teeny Bieby fans could possibly tolerate a 20 minute “Tweezer,” or a symphonic-like work like “Divided Sky.” Way over their puny heads. And none of them had any clue those riffs were Phish’s. Not to mention Kanter is a terrible guitarist—horrible timing and phrasing. He should stop playing Trey solos in order to stop embarrassing himself as a musician.

doutglas October 9, 2012, 18:11:51

Just saw Selena Gomez at a further show

HarryHood October 9, 2012, 23:23:06

At a FurthEr show? Sounds like she belonged there more than you, doutglas. Also Bieber will never, ever compare to Phish musically. At least he’s looking up to talented and intuitive musicians. Apparently he saw them over the summer, would have been hilarious if he was dosed by a wook.

jonnyg October 10, 2012, 12:49:44

idiot phish fans who hate, shut the fuck up. if selling out is making money doing what you love to do, and you think selling out sucks, then you obv. are a lot kid who cant sell enough “heady” wraps.(super run-on sentence, sorry.) get a life and a job wooks!

TREY October 10, 2012, 13:37:40

BIEBER RULES...phish sucks!!!!!

M October 10, 2012, 14:19:16

C’mon, won’t it be epic to see the “not in Kansas anymore” look of horror on the faces of the mommies chaperoning their Tweens? I say dose ‘em.

Dave October 10, 2012, 20:20:16

So when is Bieber’s Misfits cover album coming out?

d risch October 10, 2012, 21:54:44

Let’s not forget Trey’s daughter is a huge Bieber fan. To hear her dad’s music played at a Bieber show probably makes her pretty happy which in-turn makes dad pretty happy. It’s fun people, relax!!

dbalm October 11, 2012, 02:39:54

It sickens me the way the boys keep plagarizing Argent, Phish is OK but theyll never rival Argent and should quit trying to be an Argent tribute band, hehehe man I thought I wrapped my head in knots over silly things, Im the picture of mental health compared to some

dbalm October 11, 2012, 02:50:45

If anyone wants to get riled up about artistic compromise, or musicians taking whatever gigs they can find or whatever, heres a much more egregious example, “keep your day job till your night job pays” or “its a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll” or insert Joe’s Garage, Dont Be Denied, or Happy Hour Hero, itsa common theme in rock cuz most musicians had to grovel plenty to get anywhere

Icculus October 11, 2012, 12:33:39

One of the delights of phish is their sense of humor and history, tipping the hat to all types of music. From Dizzy to the Simpsons, these little musical reference nuggets are are gold when placed in the right spot at a phish show. Why criticize Beebs for growth and having an open mind? The critics here were fortunate enough to be born enlightened, while the majority of us are still on the journey. I equate the dogmatic closed minded religious fanatic to the hyper vigilant Phan preaching freedom by criticism. Lighten up… Beebs is!

Brad October 11, 2012, 16:42:07

It’s a little treat for the poor father or mother taking their daughter to a Justin Bieber concert. In between all the yelling and screaming you get a few familiar notes to bring you back from the edge of insanity.

Seriously? October 12, 2012, 00:49:13

There’s a lot of people that obviously don’t get it. It doesn’t bother you that popular music is simply product now and not art? It doesn’t bother you that Justin Bieber is more famous than extremely talented musicians like Yonder Mountain, MOE, Widespread Panic, North Mississippi and probably about 1000 other amazing musicians that you never heard of because the market for “real” music doesn’t sell like fabricated, prepackaged, talentless, garbage pop music. This whole story is ridiculous and extremely frustrating for those of us that love that art form that is “real music”

braindecay October 12, 2012, 18:28:25

MOE. Halloween 2009 when they TOTALLY KILLED a taylor swift song AND THE CROWD LOVED IT!!!! enough said! as for the biebs, most musicians would jump at the chance to work with him, and ARE jumping at the chance to work with him. call him “produced” all you want, kid is doing big things because he does have a lot of talent. so what if you don’t like the type of music he makes. he actually has a pretty decent range, and if you listen to some of it rather then talk shit as soon as you see the name justin bieber you might realize that. everybody talking about selling out is selling out by saying that. your selling out to your elitist point of view that your music preference is better then somebody elses. well FUCK YOU for even thinking like that, because its THAT EXACT ATTITUDE that makes profitibility stop at pop music so your “poor starving musicians that actually have talent” stay poor and starving. have you ever been to a show where they tease michael jackson? pop music teasers make the roof jump for a reason. why is it a travesty when this roll is reversed?

egon October 13, 2012, 00:13:21

Bieber stick a boulder in the water, Bieber tie a cable to a tree.

Charles Brown October 14, 2012, 08:42:01

Anyone who thinks that MOE. is talented has real problems with the definition of talent. That being said…Kudos to the lighting guy, he has a real talent and deserves to make bank. Do you think Phish tours for Phree??Do you think they dont pay Chris to do lights. Do you think Yonder Mountain String band isnt that famous because they play bland jamgrass that is MARKETED to young jamband bluegrass devotees and not to entire populations of teens??? Do you think WSP sells out massive tours because they dont get Beiber’s press… you think it matters what you say here about Beiber doing Phish teases because they like Phish….I would say that you are jealous of JB for all of the great drugs and smoking hot pussy he gets every night. Do you think there’s not someone in charge of Phish’s marketing?????I wonder where you got your Dank Phish Patch or Phish shirt from…Do you think Trey does all of that as well…..Some fucking moronic reasoning above…..Just keep in mind, no matter what you think about it, JB is snorting pharmy grade cocaine and nailing a hot 18 year old with big tits while you wonder how your going to get into your next (mass marketed) phish show selling shitty burritos….turds.

Vinny Bagodonuts October 15, 2012, 15:55:18

Biebs + Phish. Like Baby Baby Baby Oh! Kee Pah!!!

Dj driftin impulse October 15, 2012, 20:06:51

“I wish I could suck like monkey wrench” chuck garvey

Dj driftin impulse October 15, 2012, 20:07:34

“I wish I could suck like monkey wrench” chuck garvey

HA! October 15, 2012, 22:06:10

Charles Brown, you sound like you have a thing for Bieber. You seem to have some crazy, well thought out fantasies about all these drugs he’s doing and ass that he’s getting. I never thought about Bieber for more than five seconds in my life and it sounds like you’ve spent days. It’s beyond weird. Do you like little boys Charles Brown? Do you always troll jamband music sites so you can emphatically defend Justin Beiber? Weirdo.

rico October 17, 2012, 02:37:17

I saw Don Quixote at a Bleep Blop Bloop show Now I hate Don Quixote but I love me some Bleep Blop Bloop I heard me a Don Quixote song when Bleep Blop was Bloopin at the Blipperblipperee And I thought, Don Quixote’s guitarist is not as guitarist as me suck it
fuck it
drive it to the bicker in a four room truck it
duck it
give it to your tranny granny more

suave October 17, 2012, 10:27:34

As a father of an 8 year old son and 3 year old daughter I have to say this. My son loves music. Who is he a fan of you might wonder? GD, Cat Stevens, MJ, and numerous different acts. My daughter, who has some health issues loves Elmo. With that said, the majority of the music that’s played in my home is music that I or my wife put on. Does my son put on what he likes? Does my daughter want to hear Elmo w/ Jason Mraz sign? Of course, but being a musician myself, I’ve tried to persuade them to like what I like. It didn’t and won’t work. Kids are going to listen to what they want to listen to…whether it’s because of what they hear when they’re at school, on the school bus, or watching Disney HD. The facts are, they’re their own person. What will happen when my daughter gets older, falls head over heels in love w/ Bieber like a lot of young girls do and asks me to bring her to a show? I’ll remember this video and this thread and with a big ole smile on my face will say “ABSOLUTELY!!!”. Why? Well, because of this video, I have a little more respect for Bieber, and I might just end up hearing him sing Slave to the Traffic Light…or maybe even Fuck Your Face. All of you (what I can assume is) young Phish “phans” who are hating on this video because YOU think what Bieber is doing isn’t an art and Kuroda is a sell out are so pathetic. It’s time to grow up….stop listening to the voice in your head that’s telling you to write these things because it makes you look more like what you think you’re supposed to look/sound like. All you’re doing is making yourselves out to look/sound like damned fools. Bieber/Phish Summer Tour 2013

Radio Golden October 18, 2012, 10:38:29

I’ll take First World Problems for $600, Alex.

mikey jay October 18, 2012, 14:46:23

haha. “I’m a buddish monk and weave my own clothes just so you know” lol

Harpua November 25, 2012, 01:07:10

So called fans of a band full of humor and lightheartedness are so worked up over this… Like the kid rock thing,
Or jay-z or anything like that. Get a life and lighten up.
U think phish coverd cracklin rose in a serious way, or do u think everyone who phish covers there songs are fans of them? Get real and grow up. Try being a musician, and when u become successful try not paying homage to your favorite

glenesis November 27, 2012, 20:18:14

Sand and First Tube are TAB songs. Just sayin. One day some article or setlist is gonna get that right…

flowerchylde December 30, 2012, 20:54:15

Phish rocks, so obviously a lame pop star like Bieber would want to rip it off. But what is more disturbing is that Trey was seen at a Bieber concert. I’m hoping it was only because his daughters made him take them…

Fuqbewbs January 3, 2013, 18:28:08

I dont give a fuck about phish teases at a bieber show, i fact I think its funny that these little tweens are getting a phishy dose in the middle of their horrible pop show. I just wanna say that I hate the beebs music and fan base, his music is very cookie cutter and it attracts the DUMBEST audience. Although the wooks and spunions at a phish show may be just as dumb in terms of book smarts but the passion behind a true PHAN is unmatched, you will never hear a 12 year old girl discussing a bieber set list and analyzing each show and how well each member of the band performed, the only thing 12 year old girls are concerned with is what TRL or VH1 says is hot and trendy. I hate bieber because his fans probably only give a shit about his music because TV told them to.

Jessy July 9, 2013, 00:56:52

Anyone who has an issue with this is competely and utterly naive to the music industry and how it really works behind the scenes. News flash to Phish fans: Chris, their stage mixer (and perhaps a few other people) are the ONLY members of the crew hired and paid by Phish. Everyone else works for a hired management company that gets a big fat paycheck for bringing in countless people to haul, setup & tear down gear every night. Another news flash: when Phish tour ends, these people continue to work for other tours. One of the engineers I spoke to had just come off Carrie Underwood’s tour. He said it was a bit boring, but she’s the real deal. Don’t kid yourselves – these people always working and will continue to work for the highest bidder. Sure, they love what they do, but everyone works for a paycheck so they can look after their families, just like the rest of us, and – just like Trey, Mike, Page and Fishman. Oh, and I think the Bieber teasers are awesome and hilarious! :)

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