Phish’s Jon Fishman Helps Set Cowbell World Record
The streets of downtown Burlington, Vt., got a whole lot noisier thanks to over 1,600 people banging more cowbell. It was all part of Phish drummer Jon Fishman's plan to break the world record for the largest cowbell gathering.
Fishman came out wearing a "More Cowbell" shirt, which was inspired by the classic 'Saturday Night Live' skit featuring Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell. He was accompanied by the "World Record Breaking Event Band" as they played plenty of cowbell-friendly songs, including the mandatory Blue Oyster Cult classic, '(Don't Fear) The Reaper.' Watch footage from their performance below.
Getting into the Guinness Book of World Records wasn't the only agenda for the event. Both Phish and ice cream maker Ben & Jerry are two of the most well known exports to come out of Burlington. Both parties partnered up 15 years ago to release the flavor Phish Food, celebrating the anniversary at the assembly.
The more important reason for the mass gathering was to raise money for flood relief in areas of Vermont that were damaged by Hurricane Irene last summer. According to the Burlington Free Press, participants spent between $12-$60 that went toward relief efforts through Phish's non-profit charity, the WaterWheel Foundation.
Phish will hit the road starting June 7 in Worcester, Mass. and go throughout the summer, which includes a headlining slot at Bonnaroo on June 10. The trek will conclude with three shows in a row in Commerce City, Colo., Aug. 31 -Sept. 2.
Watch World Record Breaking Event Band perform '(Don't Fear) The Reaper'