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8/16/1998 – LORING COMMERCE CENTRE

 Limestone, ME   

SET 1: 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   

SET 2: Down with Disease[1] > 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[2]   

SET 3: Sabotage -> Also Sprach Zarathustra > Wilson > The Mango Song > Character Zero > Bittersweet Motel, While My Guitar Gently Weeps   

ENCORE: Harry Hood -> Jam[3] -> Baby Elephant Walk
   
[1] Unfinished.
[2] Alternate lyrics referring to “Bob Weaver.”
[3] Fish on trombone.

This was the second show of the Lemonwheel festival. Trey teased Jean Pierre in Possum. Disease was unfinished. Fish alluded to Terrapin (“a love song about a turtle”) after a long HYHU intro but instead led the band into Sexual Healing. Antelope included Sexual Healing teases in the intro and a reference to “Bob Weaver” instead of Marco Esquandolas in the lyrics. 2001 contained Crosseyed and Painless and Super Bad teases from Trey. WMGGW returned for its first appearance since February 26, 1997 (103 shows). A fireworks display took place behind the stage in the jam out of Hood. The jam also featured Fish on trombone. Baby Elephant Walk was played for the first time since December 1, 1992 (514 shows).

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8/15/1998 – LORING COMMERCE CENTRE

 Limestone, ME   

SET 1: Mike’s Song > Simple > Beauty of My Dreams, Roggae, Split Open and Melt, Poor Heart, The Moma Dance, Divided Sky, Water in the Sky > Funky Bitch > Cities > Weekapaug Groove   

SET 2: The Wedge, Reba, Gumbo -> Sanity > Tweezer > The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Chalk Dust Torture, Slave to the Traffic Light   

SET 3: NICU > David Bowie[1], Strange Design, Limb By Limb > Brian and Robert, Loving Cup   

ENCORE: Halley’s Comet > Cavern > Tweezer Reprise   

SET 4: Ambient Jam
   
[1] Lengthy intro.

This was the first show of the Lemonwheel festival. SOAM was played by request for an eight-year-old boy named Sam Jarvis. Cities included Sneakin’ Sally teases and, along with Halley’s Comet, included alternate lyrics relating to the concert grounds. Gumbo included a Tweezer Reprise-esque jam. Sanity was played for the first time since Halloween 1996 (140 shows). Bowie included a lengthy intro and Mission: Impossible theme teases. After Tweezer Reprise, Trey made a long announcement thanking people for coming and remarked on the fun and joy of the summer concert festivals. He said that there would be some more music, played by the light of candles made that day by fans. The ensuing “ambient jam” was in the style of Brian Eno and was nearly an hour long and included Albert teases from Trey.

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8/3/2003 – LORING COMMERCE CENTRE

 Limestone, ME   

SET 1: Daniel Saw the Stone > Saw It Again, Punch You in the Eye, Army of One > Chalk Dust Torture[1], Wilson[2], Mike’s Song[3] > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove   

SET 2: Mellow Mood > Ghost -> Mountains in the Mist, Pebbles and Marbles, You Enjoy Myself[4] -> Chariots of Fire[5] > Loving Cup   

SET 3: 46 Days, Julius > The Lizards, Secret Smile > Run Like an Antelope   

ENCORE: Good Times Bad Times   

[1] Ending performed at near double-time.
[2] Trey omitted a verse.
[3] “Hendge” lyric from Mike.
[4] Lyrical change: “Boy, Man, God, IT.”
[5] Phish debut.

This was the second show of the IT festival. Chalk Dust contained DEG teases from Mike. The ending of Chalk Dust was performed at near double-time. Trey omitted a verse in Wilson. Afterwards, he announced that it was the “shortest version ever” and dedicated it to Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro. Trey then humorously announced that the band would next play the “longest Bittersweet Motel” (traditionally one of the shortest songs in the Phish canon) while Page teased “Charge!” The crowd responded with a passionate “Fluffhead” chant, but Trey responded: “Mike says no” (prompting laughs from the other band members). Appropriately, Trey launched into Mike’s Song but Mike had the last laugh: during the Mike’s Song intro, Mike sang his “Hendge” lyric that had been omitted from Wilson. Weekapaug included a Seven Below tease. YEM contained the event-appropriate lyrical change “Boy, Man, God, IT,” a Frankenstein tease from Mike, and a vocal quote of Daniel Saw the Stone. The band vamped on the theme to Chariots of Fire (a Phish debut) while Trey introduced the top finishers in the Runaway Jim 5K race. During Antelope, Trey thanked the staff, road crew, caterers (“part of the reason we’re playing so well is because we have the best food this tour that we’ve ever had”), and fans. He concluded by encouraging everyone to drive safely and noted tongue-in-cheek that next year’s “IT 2” would have a traffic-free entrance. Antelope also included Under Pressure and It’s Ice teases.

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8/2/2003 – LORING COMMERCE CENTRE

 Limestone, ME   

SET 1: AC/DC Bag, Ya Mar[1] -> Runaway Jim, Reba, Birds of a Feather, Meatstick, Two Versions of Me, Vultures, Limb By Limb, Cavern   

SET 2: Down with Disease[1] > NICU -> Brother, Lawn Boy, Discern, Waves -> Jam > David Bowie   

SET 3: Rock and Roll -> Seven Below[1] -> Scents and Subtle Sounds -> Seven Below -> Spread It ‘Round > Bug   

ENCORE: Dog Log > The Mango Song   

SET 4: Tower Jam
   
[1] Unfinished.

This was the first show of the IT festival. Ya Mar, DWD, and Seven Below were unfinished. Birds was followed by a “Meatstick” chant from the crowd, prompting Trey to note that the band would “like to honor” the request. After a long pause, Trey commented, “We’re taking our sweet time up here because…we have no place to go for two days.” DWD contained a San-Ho-Zay tease from Trey and multiple Scents and Subtle Sounds teases. NICU ended with a bass solo from Mike at Trey’s request (“Play it, Cactus!”). Seven Below contained an On Your Way Down tease, Scents and Subtle Sounds included Seven Below teases. Before Dog Log, Trey remarked that the band couldn’t figure out what to play, and noted how, on this tour, the band made a conscious effort to not think about what songs they were going to play next. The fourth set “Tower Jam” found Phish playing on top the old air traffic control tower near the concert field. The set consisted of roughly an hour’s worth of unscripted jam material, with no notable teases or jams present. While Phish jammed, Chris Kuroda illuminated the tower’s interior and exterior with a light show and dancers suspended by wires around the side of the tower performed on the structure.

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