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

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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. sumodie Says:

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

    Exile, baby!!!

    or, if true, what other albums would require this?

  2. sumodie Says:

    Thriller too I suppose.

  3. Mugician Says:

    Man, I really need to get out there. Working on convincing my parents to throw down on the $240 deposit. Working for the Festival is probably the only way I’m gonna get in.

    Check it out.

    Who’s into the funk/jazz thing?

  4. Boris Says:

    personally i am kind of rooting for genesis

  5. Boris Says:

    actually i retract that last comment…forgot this isn’t 1994

    television is where it is at for this time and place

    on the comment about Kid A being the best choice for “newer” album…sure…it is the best album that has been made in quite some time…but i think Yankee Hotel Foxtrot would be more suited to Phish’s inherent abilities

  6. halcyon Says:

    @ Boris…..YHF would be an interesting choice…most of those songs leave a lot of room for exploration.

  7. Mr.Miner Says:

    seems like the Stones…..much to my dismay….

  8. Marshall Says:

    About a month ago Miner posted a shitload of links to obscure phish recordings (Farmhouse outtakes, Bearsville, TMWSIY, etc.) The links were all posted in the last page or the next to last page of a particular day’s thread (again, it was about a month ago). Anyone happen to remember what day? Since it was such a motherload of downloads, I figure someone might.

  9. Mr.Miner Says:

    From a friend:

    this is what I have heard regarding the phestival:
    the festival will be broken down into 8 campgrounds…1 for each of the remaining albums:
    lamb lies down
    kid a
    purple rain
    electric ladlyand
    lark’s tongue
    oracular spectacular
    hunky dory
    also, at least a trumpet player confirmed as well as a black female soul singer

  10. sumodie Says:


    Here are the links I think you’re asking for:




  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Yup – congrats, and yeah I just got the raise/promo combo pkg too, and still can’t swing 8 – keep dropping hints to the wife that she should let me go solo, to no avail

    I agree in general that if you’re well enough regarded at work to get the raise and promotion, you might want to stick as close to the truth as you can – the old friends line is a good one

    @beepaphone – I downloaded a couple of those SF Furthur shows. Now, I am a picky ass old school deadhead and am in general completely cynical about and disinterested in all the post-GD stuff – “The Dead” etc – for a variety of reasons. But I have to say, those shows are a dramatic cut above. For one thing, they are doing this for fun and not the money, and it kinda shows. If they were coming to the PNW I’d have to strongly consider going.

  12. sumodie Says:

    also, at least a trumpet player confirmed as well as a black female soul singer

    They could be used on Purple Rain, Exile, and, I suppose, Ladyland.

    BTW, if it’s not Ziggy, and that final 8 you posted has merit, consider yourself lucky to be able to readjust your expectations before F8 even begins. That’s better than having your Ziggy hopes crushed the day of.

    We’ll have to wait and see….

  13. Lycanthropist Says:

    @mugician –

    thanks for the link.. good inspiration for tonight

  14. sumodie Says:

    yo, fat bastard, where are ya? Are we on the same Chicago flight?

  15. Robear Says:

    Mr. C, that solo mission idea put a smile on my face. 🙂

    Are we approaching the point of ‘too much info.’? I enjoy surprises. We didn’t find out the sex of my first child until the minute she was born.

  16. butter Says:

    Miner – “f**k the stones” ….really, if they do the Stones, i’ll bet you eat crow after.

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    I’m sure I will. 🙂 Just voicing my opinion….

  18. Marshall Says:

    @ Sumodie: thanks.

  19. Mr.Miner Says:

    you can always call in sick. They’re not gonna say you’re not sick…It’s only 2 days in the scheme of life 🙂 DO it!

  20. sumodie Says:

    I’d better give Purple Rain a listen again (if this horns/female singer is true).

  21. joe Says:

    hunky dory is a pretty good ‘2nd choice’ Bowie album though. I wouldn’t mind purple rain either…I know, kind of lame, but would be nostalgic for me. Still have the album (actually was my older sister’s album, who at 15 years old said that the Prince Purple Rain concert at the Worcester Centrum she went to was the greatest experience of her life). End of the album has some spacy backwards god message.

    As for Radiohead. They put on a great show. I really like listening to their albums, but it would be a bad choice for Phish. I think it would be an attempt to be cool, which they’ve never really been able to pull off. I mean that in the least insulting way possible.

    I’ve posted this before, but will again since Monday’s Sirius show will be about the Lemonwheel. If you have Sirius/XM, Jam On is doing a cool Phish Festivalography with interviews and music from each festival. Found out a factoid that I never knew. The Great Went was named after a line in the Twin Peaks Movie.

  22. joe Says:

    I’ve told this story before too, I think, about calling out sick at a Phish festival. After the New Year’s set a Cypress, I watched a kid suck down a balloon at 730’ish am, and call in sick to his job. I was sitting on top of our van listening to him tell his boss, “No, I don’t know where you heard that. I’m in town, just not feeling great. Yeah, must’ve had something bad last night, etc. etc…” When he got off the phone, I asked him where ‘in town’ was and he told me Minnesotta. Couldn’t think of a place that would be as opposite as an already beautifully sunny south Florida morning.

  23. sumodie Says:

    DO it!


    And to the other poster, if it’s just $240 holding you back from F8, well, DO it! too

    Every festival has always been a very uniquely and irreplaceable event (even Coventry). Personally, I would sacrifice all of fall tour and NYE for F8, but that’s me. I’m not saying sell the house or go into debt for years to come, but seriously, think hard and go after solutions that get you to F8. And yes, I’m well aware that there are so many painfully good reasons to not be at F8. But don’t fool yourself into thinking you can’t go when in fact you could.

  24. sumodie Says:

    RE: Radiohead

    I think it’s too weird to cover an album by a modern group that is still insanely popular. I don’t see it happening. This includes MGMT too.

    I still have never listened to Radiohead, btw. Lycan is convincing to get at least one of their discs though. But the MGMT disc is great (but I don’t think it would sound so great live).

  25. gus Says:

    Miner – when you say at least one trumpet player and a black female soul singer confirmed, does mean your friend says it’s confirmed, or are they actually like 100% going to be there?

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