The 2-DVD set of Phish’s August 11,1998 performance at Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown, PA is the only full show available from the video archives as a multi-camera lawn screen feed that will be released from the band’s summer tour of 1998.
The set was created from VHS videotapes of the lawn feed from the concert. The audio was mixed by Jon Atschiller from Paul Languedoc’s multi-track masters. A pre-order for the DVD set going is on now at Phish Dry Goods bit.ly/starlake98 All Dry Goods pre-orders will receive “So Inclined” a bonus CD featuring music from the three remaining unreleased Star Lake concerts.
From Kevin Shapiro (Phish’s archivist): On August 11, 1998 Phish played at Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. This was their second visit to Star Lake of seven to-date starting in 1997 and including 2003, 2009 and 2012 shows previously released at LivePhish.com.
The Star Lake 98 show was the 20th of summer to showcase the loose, experimental vibe of a tour that began in Europe and jumped to the United States enroute to the summer’s ending Lemonwheel festival. The introduction of a never-before-played cover each night earned the tour the nickname “summer of covers” from fans and Star Lake’s contribution was a Trench Town Rock opener. Star Lake also saw the return of Time Loves A Hero which was played for the first time in a decade and segued out of a sultry Wolfman’s Brother. Julius, an extended Fee outro (during which hip Pittsburghians clapped along on the 2 and 4) and deep renditions of Maze and Reba set the stage for set II. The second set featured a super-swinging, ethereal Runaway Jim that foreshadowed 2011’s Storage Jam and an unusual pairing of Meat > Limb By Limb. Local flavor of the Commonwealth was provided by Bittersweet Motel (the title of the Phish documentary recorded during Europe ’98 dates) and Wilson, King of Prussia.
Star Lake 98 is the only full show available as video from summer 1998. The 2-DVD set was created from archival VHS videotapes of the 3-camera lawn screen feed. The audio was mixed from multi-track masters in stereo PCM and 5.1 surround. It will be released on DVD and digital audio download December 11 on JEMP Records.
8/11/98 – Burgettstown, PA Track list
1. Trench Town Rock>
3. Wolfman’s Brother>
4. Time Loves A Hero
5. Bittersweet Motel
7. The Sloth
8. Ginseng Sullivan
11. Sample In A Jar
1. Runaway Jim
3. Limb by Limb
4. When The Circus Comes>
5. Down With Disease
2. Golgi Apparatus