Before Phish embarked on their Fall Tour in 1998, they played a variety of gigs leading up to The Greek Theatre. Phish first stopped at Farm Aid, in Chicago, a one set show that saw Neil young sit in for the second half of the set. From there, the band played an intimate show at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore Auditorium, featuring an extensively jammed first set and a more concise second. Finally, Phish played two acoustic sets at Shoreline Amphitheatre as part of Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit. The first night saw Neil join the band for “Harry Hood > Helpless,” and the second saw vocalist Sarah McClaughlin sit in for multiple tracks.
10.3.98 Farm Aid, Tinley Park, IL < TORRENT LINK
*Neil Young came out, plugged in, and started playing just prior to the final chorus. **Members of the Neil Young newsgroup are labeling this jam as “Arc” (“Arc” is the name of a sound collage culled from performances on Neil’s 1991 tour and released as a companion to the “Weld” live album). ***26 minutes. # w/ Willie Nelson and Paul Schaffer; Nelson on lead vocals. ##Joined by four Native Americans.
10.15.98 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA < TORRENT LINK
I: Ghost, Water in the Sky, Wolfman’s Brother, Gumbo, David Bowie, Brian and Robert, Reba > Character Zero
II:My Soul, Chalkdust Torture, Roggae, The Moma Dance, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Prince Caspian, Frankie Says, Birds of a Feather, Lawn Boy, Harry Hood
E: Dirt, Limb by Limb
Source: AKG 414 (hyper)->Sonosax and AKG CK-61 caps->JK Labs DVC mixed into a Roland MX-5->SBM-1
10.17.98 Bridge School Benefit, Shoreline < TORRENT LINK
Carolina*, Sleep**, Never**#, Possum, I’m Blue I’m Lonesome***, Freebird##, Driver**, Wading in a Velvet Sea, Harry Hood^ > Helpless^^
All songs were played acoustic *A cappella, with backs to the audience, facing the children of the Bridge School who were seated on risers behind the stage. **First time played (original). #Title uncertain. ***Mike on banjo; Page on bass. ##A cappella; last played 06-19-94, 337 shows earlier. ^Unfinished; Neil Young joined Phish on stage (on guitar). ^^First time played; with Neil Young.
Source: Schoeps CCM4>Aerco>SBM>DAT>CD
10.18.98 Bridge School Benefit, Shoreline, Mt. View, CA < TORRENT LINK
Hello My Baby*, Billy Breathes, Piper, Roggae, Loving Cup, Albuquerque, The Old Home Place**, Guyute, Brian and Robert, Sad Lisa#, Four Strong Winds##, I Shall be Released^
*A capella, backs to the audience, facing the children of the Bridge School who were seated on risers behind the stage. **Page on bass; Mike on banjo. #First time played (Cat Stevens) ; Trey and Sarah McLachlan on vocals. ##First time played (Ian Tyson song which appears on the Neil Young album “Comes a Time”); Sarah McLachlan and Neil Young on vocals. ^First time played (Bob Dylan); Page, Neil, and Trey each took a verse; Sarah McLachlan on guitar.
Source: Schoeps CCM4 > Aerco > SBM
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