Yes, we know the focus should be on the incredible 45-minute Rock and Roll > Ghost segment from last night’s Phish tour-opener in Long Beach, but we couldn’t help but be intrigued by pop star Justin Bieber and his nearly-as-famous girlfriend Selena Gomez taking in their first Phish show.
Biebs is far from the only celebrity Phish fan as for this week’s B List we’ll detail nine others.
1. Justin Bieber
Last night Bieber attended his first Phish show after years of hearing about the band’s greatness from Dan Kanter, the 18-year-old’s guitarist and musical director. Kanter is a longtime fan and struck up a friendship with bassist Mike Gordon. Dan finally convinced his boss to check out a show and from the looks of the tweet above he enjoyed it.
2. January Jones
The Man Men star told GQ that she was a fan of the band in her younger years…
“I hung out with dudes in high school,” she says. “We were the hippies—into the Dead, Zeppelin, Phish. I was a lifeguard at the water park, and I remember the day Jerry died. Over the loudspeaker, it said: ‘Jerry Garcia has died. Everybody meet in the parking lot.’ I probably shouldn’t say that—we were saving lives! But that was definitely a sit-in-the-chair-with-sunglasses afternoon.”
3. Travie McCoy
The Gym Class Heroes singer attended a Phish show at the War Memorial in Syracuse back in 2009 and raved about it on Twitter. “These dudes are BEASTS! Such a dick for never giving this band an honest chance. Such a great show,Trey is a shredder,” and “most devoted fans Ive ever seen,not a single soul standig (sic) still in the entire place. My hat is off to these guys yo.”
4. Bill Hader
In 2009 the Saturday Night Live star told Entertainment Weekly that he saw 12 Phish shows during his high school days.
The person or band you’ve seen most often in concert?
There was a time in high school when I was at a lot of Phish shows. I didn’t follow them, but I saw them maybe 12 times. I’ve been to about10 Radiohead shows. It’s between them.
5. Danny Tamberelli
Perhaps the most devoted Phish fan on this list, the Pete & Pete star has been seeing the band for well over a decade and still catches Phish shows when he’s not busy as the bassist and vocalist in scene fixtures Jounce.
6. Fred Savage
Another longtime fan, the Wonder Years star struck up a friendship with Phish and even mentioned them during an appearance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. Just today Savage mentioned his experience at Phish’s New Year’s Eve performance at MSG on December 31, 1998.
7. Sean Avery
This controversial NHLer considers Trey Anastasio amongst his friends and has attended a handful of shows since Phish returned in 2009. Avery even brought Big Red to the locker room after a Rangers game in 2009 and used Tweezer Reprise as music on his website.
8. Todd Snider
9. Bill Walton
While this basketball Hall of Fame is best known as a Deadhead who saw over 600 shows, he’s also a Phish fan who tries to catch the band when he can. His first show took place at Madison Square Garden on December 31, 2002 when the band came back from a hiatus. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that took place after his first show, Walton raved about the experience.
10. Adam Levine
The Maroon 5 lead singer has never hid his love for Phish going so far as to tell Rolling Stone that one show “changed his life,” saying he was “physically torn apart and spiritually moved by the experience.” More recently, he tweeted about a dream he had involving the band.
More Celebrity Phish Fans: Danny Devito, Aron Rolston, Conan O’Brien, Fran Drescher, Peter Gammons, Matisyahu, Ben & Jerry and Paul Dano.
Who did we miss? Leave a comment below to let us know.