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. ryan Says:

    Hell Effing yeah I am going to be right about this one. Just Checked Phish.com and the Poilce album says effing Story of the Ghost in the Machine.

    I Cant make it to Indio because of work, but I saw Asheville, Knoxville, and the 2 nights at the Gorge. You sorry bastards have a good time in Indio for me and enjoy The Story of the Ghost in the Machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. ryan Says:

    “Story of the Ghost in the Machine” Its on Phish.com

  3. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    3.20.92…Mike’s Groove kills. Secret language later in the set taboot.

    And it’s also now AC/DC “BAG” in place of “Back in Black”

  4. ryan Says:

    Mr Miner are you out there? Check it out!

  5. fat bastard Says:

    miner- A rod is getting all of his hits in now…my predictions, LA over NYY in 6 games, AROD .125 BA in world series, and LED ZEPPELIN 1!

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    you know what’s awesome? getting up at 4:30 in the morning on a Sunday to drive to the airport.

    oh wait I meant “crappy”

    wake and bake time I guess

    oh and WTF no one is showing the Giants – Saints game locally?!!?!? Red Zone channel, hook us up bro

  7. fat bastard Says:

    mr c are you going to indio?

  8. bearito Says:

    Morning folks. Big day in NOLA. Heading to the Dome for my first game this season. The weather actually feels like fall for once. A brisk 53°. Lovin this Lemonwheel for breakfast along with the gifts the headie fairy brought me yesterday. Not a bad day for the bear.

    @Mr. C – That’s shitty. Better hit up your fav sports bar for this one. Should be a doozie.

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    @bastard – unfortunately not

  10. Kenny Powers Says:

    Heading to the Pats vs. Titans today. Forecast: 40 degrees, heavy rain and 20-30mph winds. Sweet.

    Have only been to 2 Pats games, both in the early 90s when they sucked, at the old stadium, in the metal nosebleed bleachers. Pretty psyched to finally go to Gillette, 6th row 15 yard line behind the Pats sideline.

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    @lotrat : that is a dream set. Nice work. I have always dreamed of Phish killing Eminence Front. Pure funk.

    @Ryan : your avatar is based on weight, personality, looks, headiness, income, and sexual preference. Don’t worry though, pink means hetero.

  12. BingosBrother Says:

    @Kenny : Can you videotape that for me? Make sure you don’t look at Brady or you might get a penalty. DA BEARS! Seriously though, have fun.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    i’m pretty sure this year’s titans team could be defeated just by that weather. the pats don’t even need to come out of the locker room.

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  15. posternutbag Says:

    I have had this acoustic set from Lemonwheel for years and never new where it came from. About 85% of the papers that I wrote in college came with me listening to this set on loop. According to my itunes, I’ve listened to it 1023 times. Finally, I know the origins!

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  17. Ryan Says:

    @ BigBro

    Alas Pink it is!

  18. MakisupaSecurity Says:

    @ Kenny Powers

    I was supposed to go that game tonight too. Backing out, 40 degrees and heavy rain = not fun. Tix were free anyway

  19. ColonelJoy Says:

    Watching NFL (including Giants-Saints) from Army hotel in Germany….3 days until the joy-fam flies to the states….

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    go to gravatar.com
    follow the directions

    and make sure you set the rating to G

  21. fat bastard Says:

    catfish john, i mean colonel john safe trip home. hope to meet up with you and others in INDIO!!!!!!!!

  22. butter Says:

    safe travels Colonel….can’t wait to rock Indio with YOU there!!!

  23. Jerrytimber Says:

    Just finalized my travel plans. I will be in Indio!!!!

    ^ @bearito

    Geaux Saints!

    I’m a Saints fan in Bengal Land. Strange, I know.

  24. butter Says:

    sweet Jerrytimeber….congrats!!!

  25. m00nshake Says:

    wow i am quite hex-ited today. not into sports, but MGMT has been in my cd player for three days now

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