Won’t you step into The Bieber …
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.
Alright, Internet, go mash up “Baby” and “First Tube.” NOW.
The Hollywood Reporter had the exclusive:
Wearing a green tie-dye T-shirt and a Philadelphia Flyers cap, Bieber was first introduced to Phish bassist Mike Gordon, then guitarist, frontman and Kanter’s personal idol Trey Anastasio. According to photographer Jeff Kravitz, they found common ground in talking music, of course, and also in singing the praises of Phish’s revered lighting director Chris Kuroda, who will be designing Bieber’s next tour [emphasis ours]. The couple also posed for pictures backstage with various members of the Phish extended family — and their children, naturally (see photo above, taken by longtime Phish road manager Brad Sands).
For the second set, Bieber and Gomez really got into the (Weekapaug) groove, hurling glowsticks from a virtual arsenal they had stashed at the soundboard riser. Traditionally, a glowstick war breaks out at every Phish show. This one took place during the first two songs, “Rock & Roll” and “Ghost,” according to witnesses who noted, “they were having a blast.”
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’d up, the next you’re John Lennon and Yoko Ono inviting the press into your bed. Go forth, you sexy young’ins!
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A clip of “Ghost” uploaded after the show by itstristanyo says “That actually is Bieber throwing glowsticks at 7 seconds, 13 seconds, and 1:09.”
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Bieber is no stranger to Phish. Guitarist Trey Anastasio met a met younger-looking Bieber at Z109′s Jingle Ball 2009, as evidenced here:
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The Photoshops have begun:
Bieber on Thursday tweeted about the great show in all caps:
Here’s the show Bieber and Gomez caught on Wednesday in Long Beach:
Set 1: Suzy Greenberg, Cities > Kill Devil Falls, Guelah Papyrus, Cool It Down, Rift, Stash, Bouncing Around the Room > Bathtub Gin, Quinn the Eskimo
Set 2: Rock and Roll > Ghost > Limb By Limb, Guyute, Dirt, Harry Hood > Good Times Bad Times
Encore: Julius[h/t ScottyB at Hidden Track]