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.
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 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 most nights earned the tour the nickname “summer of covers” from fans and Star Lake’s contribution was a Trench Town Rock opener. This was Phish’s first and only cover of the Bob Marley classic in the city where he last performed live. Star Lake also saw the return of Time Loves A Hero which was a huge bustout - played for the first time in a decade and segued out of a sultry Wolfman’s Brother. Julius, an extended percussive Fee outro, a deep Maze and soaring Reba set the stage for set II. The second set featured a supersized and super-swinging, ethereal Runaway Jim opener and a neat 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 switched multi-cam video from summer 1998. The 2-DVD set was created from archival VHS videotapes of the 3-camera lawn screen feed. The audio was recorded multi-track by Paul Languedoc and mixed by Jon Altschiller in stereo PCM and 5.1 surround. It was released December 11, 2012 on JEMP Records.