Misty Mountain Hop

Originally Performed ByLed Zeppelin
Original AlbumLed Zeppelin IV/Zoso (1971)
Music/LyricsJimmy Page / Robert Plant / John Paul Jones
VocalsPage (lead), Trey (backing)
Phish Debut1999-07-20
Last Played1999-10-10
Current Gap473
Recommended Versions1999-09-16, 1999-10-10
HistorianErik Swain

History

This classic-rock staple had surfaced in Phish’s soundchecks from time to time, leading fans to wonder whether it might make it to the stage. Sure enough, on 7/20/99 in Toronto the band broke it out to end the second set. It was quite a crowd-pleaser, with Page handling Robert Plant’s high-pitched caterwauling and Trey replicating Jimmy Page’s muscular riffs.

Like many of the covers broken out the year before, it was generally faithful to the original version, but unlike many of them it was not a one-off. The song appeared three more times in 1999, always as a second-set closer or encore. The 9/16/99 version featured Warren Haynes on second guitar, though some fans did not understand why Phish would deploy the talented Haynes for what they consider a “simple” Zeppelin song. Another notable version is 9/24/99, which featured an incredible “Sand” -> “Misty Mountain Hop” segue.

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