Weekend Nuggets: Pre-Fall Tour ’98

980402holderBefore 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 < LINK

10.3.98 Farm Aid, Tinley Park, IL < TORRENT LINK

30Birds of Feather, Farmhouse, Moma Dance, Runaway Jim* > Arc** > Down By the River***, Moonlight in Vermont#, Will the Circle Be Unbroken##, Amazing Grace, Uncloudy Day

*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.

Source: Unknown


phishfillmore9810.15.98 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA < LINK

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 < LINK

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 < LINK

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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24 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Pre-Fall Tour ’98”

  1. lastwaltzer Says:

    Hey Miner, what are the sources on the downloads?
    Thanks in advance

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    just added sources- forgot last night- cheers

  3. Jacob Says:

    Awesome post Miner. October 98 is one of my favorite months of Phish. The sound they were developing at that time is fascinating to me.

    Stuff like the Fillmore Reba, the LA Reba, Vegas Tweezer->jamming, and of course, the cherry on top, the Halloween Wolfman’s Brother, make that month for me. Oh, and the jam out of Lonesome Cowboy Bill! And then, the Bridge School Shows!

  4. Mr.Miner Says:

    all those jams you just mentioned are the shizznit!

  5. whole tour! Says:

    98 was HEADY!

    ‘something in the way she moves me’

  6. shpongleyez Says:

    Reposting this from yesterday for those into the Dead and who haven’t bumped into it yet on their wanderings of the interwebs.

    Interesting Dead article in the NYTimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/12/arts/music/12ratl.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp

  7. nonoyolker Says:

    That DBTR w/ Neil is the JAM. Good old Neil couldn’t keep his hat on!

    @ Jacob, I may need to listen to that Halloween Wolfman’s again. I remember it turning into some cosmic sludge and getting grimey for a long duration. May have dismissed it as too difficult to listen to. Will give it a spin this afternoon.
    Speaking of H-ween ’98, I heard Trey and Mike were arguing during the ghost or something and that is why they cut the set short. Anyone know the details? I think the “costume” portion of this h-ween show the band took the most liberty with the material. They jammed song out and made them more their own. I am also a raging VU fan, so hearing Trey sing New Age or jams out of R&R, Sweet Jane, & Sweet Nuthin’ are a dream come true.

  8. c0wfunk Says:

    thanks for these.. somehow I missed the bridge benefit the first time around.. and the farm aid I was talking about yesterday as my favorite guest appearance..

  9. ManBug Says:

    Quick question regarding the Farm Aid show. Listening back, after Moma, it cuts straight into the breakdown in Jim. Is it just the recording that got cut off from the source? Or did I just biff somewhere along the line in downloading it? Just wonderin’. They all sound great though bro! Much appreciated!

  10. lot rat Says:

    down by the river is downright filthy…

  11. hairy pood Says:

    Does anyone know who the female vocalist on “If I Could” from Hoist is? I only have a burn; it doesn’t really sound like Jen Hartswick.

  12. voopa Says:

    Allison Krauss

  13. hairy pood Says:

    thats who i thought it sounded like. rad. thanks for the heads up.

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ManBug- yeah, that’s how it is on my recording. Wasn’t even aware of it to be honest. My bad. You don’t really miss anything though…

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    in response to Vegas Wolfman’s talk- def one of my favorite jams ever-
    it was the Halloween Jam.
    Great great stuff

  16. youenjoy09 Says:

    I looooooooove Wolfman’s, but don’t have 10/31/98……. can’t wait to hear it from my buddies collection!

  17. themanatee Says:

    @ shpongleyes…
    thanks for that NYT dead link. Thats a really interesting article and something to take note of in all of this…

    miner ,
    you are literally creating an appreciative database of Phish reminiscing … the present is limitless.

  18. Jer Says:

    The 10-31-98 Wolfman’s is an acquired taste. I had to listen to it a number of times to really ‘get’ it….but once it clicks, I think it’s brilliant. The same could be said, with, say, the 7-24-99 Tweezer.

  19. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ apples and oranges.

    That Wolfman’s was one of my top live music experiences ever

  20. spike2518 Says:

    happy happy everyone have a greatday just got back from sunrise service ar red rocks just could not stop thing about july 30th wish i got a ticket. oh well maybe someting well work out

  21. themanatee Says:

    i truly think that final paragraph of the NYT dead article, which reads:

    “Maybe thats the best one can at the highest level of engagement (in discussing/critiquing a band). Not try to listen for the best night ever; not even to listen for the best period ever. But to try to figure out why we’re listening at all”.

    Profound , i believe, in light of the PT bashing style of critque that Miner has done so well to avoid and disuade here on this site. It is not so much about what jam is better than what jam as much as it is about the common threads that hold our experience together…IT… that helps us fuel cross country treks, that look in the eye of the stranger mid jam prompting a high five or a hug. This, for me, is the highest level of engagement. Letting it all wash over you without focusing on the flub or the missed lyric of a Stash that didn’t go as deep as you want. Something I figure out during the Went Slave; We are here and lucky to be a part of it. As Phil said, “Wail on!”

  22. Mr.Miner Says:


  23. Jesse Says:

    10-31-98 wolfman’s? one of my all time favourite phish jams, i remember the second time i ever heard it i was at camp a few years ago, smoking bowls at like 4 in the morning with a couple other guys and i put it on, and i just remember it being some of the trippiest music i’ve ever heard and halfway through saying “wow, how good is phish?!”… since then it’s become one of my “go-to jams” whenever i get high and has played an important role in getting me into phish.

  24. SOAM Says:

    Fuckin “MEAT”

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