Weekend Nuggets: Lemonwheel


phish-lemonwheel-98-smallPhish pumped everyone up yesterday with some great announcements about Festival 8, as it sits just at arm’s reach, less than two weeks away! Let’s take a deep breath this weekend and reflect on a festival past – 1998’s Lemonwheel. Limestone’s second season-ending festival brought six sets of pure fire. At the end of Summer ’98, Phish began blending ambient jamming into their repertoire, incorporating this style heavily in 8.16’s “Ghost.” But Summer ’98 was all about the laid-back funk, and the gem of this weekend was the second set of 8.15, featuring the massive combo of “Gunbo > Sanity > Tweezer,” all following a big-tim, festi-sized “Reba.” Set II of night II is also particularly strong, boasting “Disease > Piper, Ghost, Fluffhead” at the beginning of the frame. Six sets of greatness – plus the Ambient Set – later, and Phish had thrown one of their best weekends of all time.


Entire Weekend – 8.15 / 8.16 & Soundcheck < Torrent

(This doesn’t include the 8.15’s Set IV. You can download that below.)


Lemonwheel Soundcheck < Megaupload

8.15.98 Lemonwheel, Limestone, ME < Megaupload

JcE1nLz7tayzad2wLReXXjQA_400I : Mike’s Song > Simple, Beauty of My Dreams, Roggae, Split Open and Melt, Poor Heart, The Moma Dance, The Divided Sky, Water in the Sky, Funky Bitch > Cities > Weekapaug Groove

II: The Wedge, Reba, Gumbo > Sanity > Tweezer > The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Chalk Dust Torture, Slave to the Traffic Light

III: NICU > David Bowie, Strange Design, Limb By Limb > Brian and Robert, Loving Cup

E: Halley’s Comet > Cavern, Tweezer Reprise

IV: Ambient Jam

Source: FOB > Schoeps CMC6/MK21 > Sonosax SX-M2 > Apogee AD-1000


8.16.98 Lemonwheel, Limestone, ME < Megaupload



I: Ginseng Sullivan, Bathtub Gin, Rift, Punch You In the Eye, Lawn Boy, Ya Mar, AC/DC Bag, Frankie Says, Birds of a Feather, Guyute, Possum

II: Down with Disease > Piper, Ghost, Fluffhead, When the Circus Comes, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Hold Your Head Up > Sexual Healing > Hold Your Head Up, Run Like an Antelope

III: Sabotage > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Wilson, The Mango Song, Character Zero, Bittersweet Motel, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

E: Harry Hood > Jam > Baby Elephant Walk

Source: FOB > Schoeps CMC6/MK21 > Sonosax SX-M2 > Apogee AD-1000

Winged music note=====

Jams of the Weekend: Lemonwheel

Gumbo > Sanity > Tweezer” 8.15 II


Arguably, the best chunk of the weekend.

Ambient Set” 8.15.98 IV


One of the best hours of Phish music ever. (Download by clicking the orange title.)



“2001” 8.16.98 III (Part 1)

“2001” 8.16.98 III (Part 2)

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205 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Lemonwheel”

  1. Lycanthropist Says:

    kidney or testicle?

  2. beepaphone Says:

    kidney should keep you covered through fall ’11. Including Eurotours.

  3. Leo Weaver Says:

    That’d be nice wouldn’t it beep…hate I’m missing it, especially after reading yesterday’s updates…in retrospect, I probably didn’t take enough advantage of all Big Cypress had to offer, would certainly do so at Feight (being 10 years older and more wise ya know). Oh well… 🙁

    Seems like all the pieces are coming together for a helluva experience for all you lucky Feighters!

  4. beepaphone Says:

    I’m sure well get another monster Festi next summer…maybe July 4th? extra fireworks? That be a big hearty dose of ‘merica.

  5. Leo Weaver Says:

    I hope so…but it’s Phish…so yeah, we’ll get another one in a few months. I like your idea about the 4th…the boys throw a pretty fun 4th, a la Atlanta ’99

  6. Robear Says:

    Gumbo, great song that I have to mumble or make-up words to sing along to.

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    After listening to Exile a couple more times, I really hope they don’t play this album. It far too rooted in blues and country for me, and would be incredibly unpsychedelic and very rocking.

  8. Robear Says:

    Are there no newer albums worthy of an album cover? We keep exploring albums that are nearly as old as I am.

  9. Lycanthropist Says:

    Kid A ^

  10. butter Says:

    has Sticky Fingers been axed?

  11. Lycanthropist Says:

    not to mention lines up with Phish pretty well considering that Kid A is about Thom coming to terms with fame. He was very put off by all the media attention and felt a lot of pressure from fans and critics after OK Computer. Kid A was their attempt to say that they are going to do it their own way and not follow expectations.

    Not to mention the extremely psychedelic nature of the music on the album.

    If their was a new album on that list to play, Kid A is certainly the most worthy and interesting album.

  12. Robear Says:

    ^Hey Lycan, excuse the ignorance, but, ‘Kid A’ by who?

  13. Lycanthropist Says:


  14. butter Says:

    Radiohead, i’ve given the album a listen and it would be psychedelic in a dissonant raver sorta way. I haven’t been able to get into Radiohead. Is this a band you must see live to appreciate Lycan?

  15. Robear Says:

    I was thinking that. I’d rather hear from you than ‘google’, though. Butter, we’re going head to head this week! Lycan, you ought to be the official Oasis baker for Feight…..there’s still time

  16. ThePigSong Says:

    I caught Radiohead at DC a few years ago, and well…to be honest my Wife and I were bored. At the time we were only familiar with about 1/4 of their catalog, but I’m not sure we would feel any different now.

    I too am curious what the massive draw to this band is.

  17. Lycanthropist Says:

    @butter –

    Their live performance is incredible. Very unique lighting systems, and very psychedelic. They are in my top 3 concert experiences. Highly recommended show.

    That being said, I don’t feel like they have the same must-see-live-to-get feel as Phish does. I feel like their albums speak for themselves in most cases.

    The Bends – While this album isn’t near is groundbreaking or experimental is the following albums, it is an incredible album chock full of great songs and riffs. To me this was one of the seminal 90s alternative albums and gave slight hints to where they were going.

    OK Computer – This album is said to be one of the most important albums of our time, and while I agree to some extent it is not near the top of my favorite Radiohead albums. Favs from this album include Let Down, Lucky and Climbing Up the Walls.

    Kid A/Amnesiac – Following the extreme success and critical acceptance of OK Computer, Radiohead was burdened with massive expectations. Their follow up album was rumored to be a double album and was hoped to be the NEXT OK Computer, etc. etc. AT this time Thom Yorke (the main force behind the band) was feeling at odds with the media attention they were getting and fearing that their fans were going to be overtaken by droves of newbies that had no real appreciation of what the band was ala Modest Mouse and Good News. So Radiohead decided to make a very non-accessible album to follow up OKC. They also split the double album into two albums released within 5 months. Kid A and Amnesiac. I will forever think of these two albums as one in the same and they are definitely contenders for favorite album ever. Critics hated it when it came out and said they had jumped shark. Now 10 years later these two albums are held in the highest regard by Radiohead fans and critics alike.

    Hail to the Thief – The next album again changed and defied expectations by blending the guitar driven songs of earlier Radiohead with the new found electronica of Kid A/Amnesiac, yet this was no rehash of former glory. By combining the two a whole new sound was born. This is my favorite album of all theirs. Do check it out.

    In Rainbows – Their most recent effort is sort of a retrospect of their career. Severely working up old old tunes and combining it with new tunes reflecting on their career, In Rainbows is a lovely accessible jammy record which I think most anybody can love.

    Sorry for Radiohead rant, just felt they are an important band often overlooked do to overexposure and a less than friendly fanbase.

  18. Lycanthropist Says:

    @Robear –

    trying desperately to figure out how to raise money to get out there.

  19. ThePigSong Says:

    add to my experience at Radiohead that we were towards the back of the lawn, which I’m sure affected our enjoyment of the show immensely.

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ PigSong –

    Radiohead is a very spacey band, especially now a days. I am curious as to what year you saw them.

  21. ThePigSong Says:

    July or August of ’08. Deer Creek.

  22. Lycanthropist Says:

    here are some links to some of their better live performances:

    Where I End and You Begin:

    The Gloaming:

    Everything in its Right Place:

  23. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ Pig

    yeah that was their In Rainbows tour, that show is definitely something better experienced up in the mix

  24. Lycanthropist Says:

    added some links to some performances –

    as soon as Miner moderates check em out

  25. Robear Says:

    Yanni played Deer Creek….the night before Phish in ’95. My friend and I arrived to Noblesville early and had a good time talking to the staff outside the show.

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