Current Issue Details

Buy Current Issue


Published: 2013/09/12

Mike Gordon, Justin Bieber Question Dan Kanter and Bob Weir as "Dan Gets Weir’d"

TRI Studios finally broadcast the special “Dan Gets Weir’d” episode of Weir Here last night. The show, which featured Justin Bieber guitarist/musical director Dan Kanter, was originally filmed on August 28. The episode included a performance and Q&A session, with questions from Bieber, Phish bassist Mike Gordon and more. Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, Blackout Cowboys drummer Ben “Trouble” Trumbo, and keyboardist/fiddler Jason Crosby also joined the duo for their performance.

The group’s set kicked off with a take on Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” before going into “Friend of the Devil.” The band then played Jesse Fuller’s “The Monkey and the Engineer” at Kanter’s request, and the song was followed by “Sugar Magnolia” and “Ripple.” The show then wrapped up with takes on Robert Johnson’s “Walkin’ Blues” and Bob Dylan’s “Most of the Time,” with Kanter requesting the latter song because his father is a big Dylan fan.

After finishing their set, Weir, Kanter and Schools moved over to the couch for the episode’s video Q&A segment. Gordon asked, “If you were to appear in each others bodies, mysteriously, at each others gigs on stage all of a sudden, right in the middle of a set, what would be the most scary thing for each of you about that situation?”

Bieber, on the other hand, asked, “What was the first song you both learned how to play on guitar?”

Kanter, who has spent the last few years touring the world with Bieber, has a bit of a history on the jamband scene. The guitarist is a huge Phish fan, and this summer he even joined Gordon and drummer Jon Fishman for a show at Chicago’s Second City Theater following Phish’s concert in the same city. Kanter has also brought Bieber to at least two Phish shows, including this year’s summer tour closer at Dick’s Sporting Good’s Park in Commerce City, CO.

As portion of last night’s broadcast can be viewed above. Gordon asks his question at the 14:32 mark, while Bieber asks his at 19:02. You can also check out our past interview with Kanter here, and a brief history of Weir’s teen pop star collaborations can be found here.


There are 9 comments associated with this post

Mr Random September 12, 2013, 12:41:35

Finally!! A shout out for Bieber. Well played Jambands. I’m going to print this article and take 5 in the bathroom.

Jon September 12, 2013, 12:45:36

Met the Kanter Man in the shitters in chicago. all smiles. and around 4’4”.

drasticjasper September 12, 2013, 13:30:56

Justin Bieber is a total douchebag and a pop performer not a musician. I don’t want ANY news about him and his crappy guitarist even if they were at weir’s. BAD jamband news. BAD!

DANKERATOR September 12, 2013, 13:43:26

At least Beiber asked a better question than mike gordon. Mike Gordon’s question was and is assinine!!!

Brad September 13, 2013, 05:03:11

@DrasticJasper, To be honest buddy, you sound like the douchebag here. Justin Bieber plays four instruments, three of them well, does a fuck load for terminally ill kids and has never done anything to you personally. There’s also nothing wrong with pop music. Just ask The Beatles (pre long hair), Stevie Wonder, The Police and a shed-load more. Pop means popular. Nothing more, nothing less. Dan Kanter is JB’s MD/guitarist and the singer had every right to call in. This endless bile for a 19-year-old from people who arrogantly think they’re better, yet spew hate is just so frigging wrong. Grow up.

dk70 September 13, 2013, 13:33:45

More Bieber news please! I just loving seeing irritable “hipsters” get mad at a computer screen. So funny.

Jdog September 19, 2013, 18:30:41

Um…...well….I…never mind.

Martin September 22, 2013, 13:23:23

I think the whole idea of having different type of musicians is very cool…...whether or not we personally like their music or not! C’mon people show your “lovelight”!! Think outside “the box” for a change. The only question I have is where are the answers to the questions posed by Kantner & Beiber??? Anybody????? Please…. Have a good day

Mr Random September 23, 2013, 13:48:04

Brad clearly has Bieber Fever. Who else would know all that crap about him? Unless you have an 11 yr old daughter or work for Bieber directly (sorry, I see you know him as JB) then you are an absolute toolbox.

Note: It may take a moment for your post to appear

(required) (required, not public)