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Justin Bieber, Phish Disciple

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on October 8, 2012

The Hollywood Reporter via Brad Sands

Worlds collided in California back in August when noted hippies Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez attended a concert by tween sensation Phish.

At the time, we reported:

Bieber’s guitarist and musical director Dan Kanter loves The Phish and convinced The Biebs to don his best Narc tie-dye and take in the show at the Long Beach Arena, the kickoff to the second leg of Phish’s summer tour.

All right, Internet, go mash up “Baby” and “First Tube.” NOW.

Even though Bieber and Gomez left halfway through Phish’s second set, this might be how the chillbrahification of the former tween stars begins. One minute you’re all Disney-ed up, the next you’re John Lennon and Yoko Ono inviting the press into your bed. Go forth, you sexy younguns!

It’s happening. It’s really happening.

Posters to the popular rock band Phish’s message board, Phantasy Tour, noted Bieber and Kanter infused at least three Phish songs into a recent show — get ready for the Bieberfication of “Sand,” “First Tube” and “Divided Sky.”

4:32: “Sand” riff (Phish version here)

5:35: “First Tube” begins (Phish version here)

13:40: “Divided Sky” tease (Phish version here)

Between Kanter’s riffs and teases, Trey and Bieber hanging out (see pic below) and the fact that Phish lighting guru Chris Kuroda designed Justin’s tour, this is either the scariest development for the jamband scene since the Untz-Untz Wave became the be-all and end-all, or this will expose some teenage girls and gays to some of the most bitchin’ music they’ll ever hear.

Can’t hate on this. Truly fantastic, all around. Well done, Biebs.

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