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Review Sat Jan 13 2007

Mission Accomplished

[Reader Larry Lamovec sent in this review of the Mission of Burma show at the Double Door last night. Thanks, Larry!]

"The old men can rock. This was true at the Mission of Burma show—and I'm not just talking about the band. The crowd at Double Door Friday night for the sold out show was bigger, older, and somewhat fatter than probably any show a righteous Wicker Park rocker is used to at the venue. But the crowd of old men and women, along some young men and women, loved what they heard. There was even a man present who was birthed around WWII time, with a long white beard and shiny scalp, pumping his head while the anthem Revolver filled the room. And that was quite refreshing.

"Mission of Burma members are older than Guns 'n' Roses but younger than the Rolling Stones, yet they laid down the rock harder, heavier, and much better than either band does presently, and more than most bands do anywhere.


"Longtime guitarist and vocalist Roger Miller provided nightlong energy by whipping his guitar from side to side and shouting out vocals to favorite tunes in front of faithful fans. Clint Conley kept up with Miller's enthusiasm by laying down mammoth bass lines and hard-edged vocals when it was his turn to front the show.

"Many three-piece bands can fill a room, but not like MoB. Burma is a band with original punk roots, who incorporated unconventional beats and taped tracks into their music long ago. And they prove that new is not always better. Listen back to Signals, Calls, And Marches or Peking Spring and then try to twirl your iPod to something equal. Good luck."

 
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