Monday, September 29, 2008

Another dream realised


In 1983 I was living (if you could call it that) in Fresno, California. They were just getting a college radio station that would play "alternative" and "new wave" music. I was discovering bands like REM and Dream Syndicate (both of whom I saw my last night there before moving to Hollywood). In the pages of "Trouser Press" magazine were reviews and articles of bands all across the country putting out new music for all manner of tastes. That's where I found a review of a new album called "vs." by a band from Boston called Mission of Burma. It intrigued me enough to go out and buy it without having any idea what it sounded like. It has since become one of my top 5 albums of all time. But I never got a chance to see them live.

Last Thursday night, after 25 years, I finally got to see Mission of Burma!!! The show at the Echoplex was amazing!
They rocked with as more power and intensity than any band I've seen. After doing a few songs like "Forget", "Progress" and "OK No Way" they proceeded to blow us all away with a performance of the entire "vs." album from start to finish. "Secrets", "Trem Two" "New Nails" my favorite "Dead Pool", all were there. All were majestic.

It will forever be etched in my memory as one of the best nights ever.

p.s. thanks for putting up with this post.