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Performances Song History

Mustang Sally

Vocals: Trey (lead), Mike, Page (backing); Bruce Springsteen (6

Original Artist: Mack Rice

Debut: 1986-10-15

Historian: Mockingbird Staff

"Mustang Sally" is certainly a rock-and-roll classic, and seems to be one of those songs that almost all young artists cover at one time or another. Phish was no exception, as it played the song sporadically from 1986 through 1988. She rode off in her Mustang, though, and wasn’t seen for over twenty years. When "Sally" returned on 6/14/09 at Bonnaroo (a mere 1,274 shows later), she brought a friend with her, none other than Bruce Springsteen. Bruce had headlined the festival the previous night and reportedly stuck around to see Phish play the next night. Luckily for those in attendance, he also decided to sit in for a few songs: "Mustang Sally" and two Springsteen originals, "Bobby Jean" and "Glory Days."

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kipmat Although certainly not as significant as the performance with Bruce Springsteen at Bonnaroo, I get a chuckle from the version of Mustang Sally from Gallagher's on 2/24/88. "John Carlton from Blue Rose is going to belt you in the face", says Trey by way of introduction, but it is the guitar note that Trey sustains for the final minute and a half that has me rolling on the floor. "Another Sally song", Sneaking Sally Through The Alley, follows this tune, with Mr. Carlton on drums and Fishman on trombone, who actually contributes nicely to the vocal jam. Check it out and enjoy a fine example of Phish having a good time playing in a bar.
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