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.