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:

    haha Yanni

    that greek bastard. 😉

  2. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ butter and robear –

    i guess that was more info than as needed about Radiohead huh? 😉

  3. Robear Says:

    ^everything I wanted to know, and more.

    We tried to talk our way in, but to no avail.

  4. Lycanthropist Says:

    ha Yanni –

    my parents used to listen to him quite a bit, and as a result so did i. In fact part of the deal to get my first piano included them buying me a Yanni book of music to learn for them. Ha ha!

  5. Robear Says:

    I love what this board stirs up, memory wise. I completely forgot about the whole Yanni / Deer Creek experience. For anyone that’s been to the Creek, you can actually hear pretty well outside, by the ponds. Especially when there are no ticketless hordes milling around, threatening to tear off the back wall…

  6. Lycanthropist Says:

    agreed Robear, although I would have NEVER thought that my memories of Yanni would be invoked on the Phishthoughts board. Very funny. Very nostalgic

  7. Robear Says:

    It looks like your parents move paid off.

  8. Lycanthropist Says:

    I’d like to hope so

  9. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Euchre tourney at 8. My wife and I will be in. She’s from Illinois and oddly enough I learned it in Mexico from a gal from Chicago.

    Anyone want to be on the chapion shoe pitching team? I want to yes, will be not.

    Report from the desert floor 102 then back down. This is a weird weather year pay close attention to the forecast and/or come prepared. The inverse is also quite possible in weird weather years.

    Enjoy your weekend

  10. Robear Says:

    Phamily B, tourney sounds great. I’ll pack some folding tables, and cards.

    Had a dream last night that I left for Feight without my tix and Rv pass, went back home, and couldn’t find them for the life of me. I tore apart the house and my car to no avail. Funny stuff, thankfully, my son woke up and snapped me out of my slumber.

  11. llamalee Says:

    does anyone know an estimation of amount of people at feight

  12. Boris Says:

    As “cool” as Kid A would be…it would be a train wreck

    tell me…how in god’s green earth are they going to pull off How to Disappear Completely? Idioteque? Motion Picture Soundtrack?

    there is no way…my favorite band is radiohead and i love phish…especially the chances they have taken over their career…but they can’t do this one

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    and after 3rd listen, Marquee Moon would KILL as a set. (F%*k The Stones) 😉

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    and Radio head 😉

  15. Boris Says:

    i think television would be an excellent choice…nice riffs plenty of jammy possibilities

  16. Mr.Miner Says:

    If Phish’s new catch phrase was “We want you to be gloomy” they would play Radiohead. It just doesn’t seem very “fun”

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    my new hopes are
    2.Not The Stones
    3.Clash / Televison

  18. sumodie Says:

    sumodie- Im flying in at 12:06. thursday from chicago. my friends should be picking me up. maybe we run into each other there? I’ll be supporting my phish thoughts t on the plane so look for it!

    @fb: By chance are you flying American Air Flight 305, leaving at 10:05am?

  19. Lycanthropist Says:

    FWIW –

    I don’t think Kid A is the best option, but the best of the newer albums on the list.

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    although, i do feel like they could do aforementioned songs Boris.

    I mean if my band got through them with what little equipment we have…

    thats not to say our versions were stellar, but arrangement is key in covering songs, especially an album.

    all that being said… there are many many better choices for the night at hand.

    I agree that Television is the dark horse candidate.

  21. sumodie Says:

    Electric Ladyland is still my top choice. And I’ll agree, my desire to hear a Stones album has faded some (but I’d still go freakin’ nuts if they did play the Stones). Ladyland has lots of space (especially compared to lyrics heavy Ziggy) for all 4 band members to shine. And Hendrix’s psychedelia would make for a perfect Halloween night.

    I’ve gotta get a copy of that Television album.

  22. Mugician Says:

    How does it work getting into the concert field at concert time? Foot race?

  23. sumodie Says:

    @Phish…Yup Says: You owe it to yourself to at least ask for the time off to go to F8. Honesty is likely the best policy, but I don’t know your situation. Any chance you could work longer hours or a weekend to offset F8?

    Do it!!!

  24. Mr.Miner Says:

    someone tells me horns and black female singer confirmed. ???

  25. sumodie Says:

    @Mugician: Yes, people will be sprinting to be in the front rows. But there’s so much room that everyone who shows up at the very opening will be guarantee a sweet spot (so you can skip the sprint and just walk).

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