Today, Phish has announced that its latest archival release to LivePhish.com will be the Vermont four-piece’s performance at Vernon Downs in Vernon, New York, on August 12th, 1998, and will be released for download and on LivePhish+’s streaming service today. As noted by the description of the show on the homepage of LivePhish’s website, Vernon Downs 1998 was:
The last show before 1998’s Lemonwheel festival was Aug. 12 at Vernon Downs. The show opened with Mike on vocals for ZZ Top’s La Grange. The first set also included Led Zeppelin’s Ramble On and ended with Slave to the Traffic Light, with Ramble On teases. Set 2 opened with a dark, funky Mike’s Song into Simple. The encore started with a debut cover of Talking Heads’ Burning Down the House (“Vernon Down the House”) and a 20-minute YEM with HYHU teases and an incredible vocal jam.
Given the show’s close proximity to Jon Fishman’s childhood home in Syracuse, New York, references to his former life in the town were strewn throughout the performance. As noted by Phish.net, the first set’s “Possum” got a dedication to Jeff Holdsworth, its composer, as well as Fishman’s high-school band, Frodo, while the group’s cover of “Ramble On” was played “in honor of Fish seeing a Led Zeppelin concert at age eleven.”
Setlist: Phish | Vernon Downs | Vernon, NY | 8/12/1998
Set One: La Grange > Makisupa Policeman > Funky Bitch, Possum, Roggae, Character Zero, Ramble On -> Slave to the Traffic Light
Set Two: Mike’s Song > Simple > Rift, Loving Cup > Sleeping Monkey > Weekapaug Groove, The Squirming Coil
Encore: Burning Down the House, You Enjoy Myself
 Phish debut; lyrics changed to “Vernon down the house.”
Possum was dedicated to its author, Jeff Holdsworth, and Fish’s band in high school, Frodo. Ramble On was played in honor of Fish seeing a Led Zeppelin concert at age eleven and contained Cocaine teases; Slave subsequently included Ramble On teases, as well as Those Were the Days teases from Trey and Mike. The Phish debut of Burning Down the House contained alternate lyrics (“Vernon down the house”). YEM included HYHU and Mission: Impossible theme teases.
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