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McKenna Mendelson Mainline is a seminal Canadian blues band, working the same English club circuit as the then up and coming bands Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin. In the spring of 1969, the band was signed to Liberty Records (United Artists). Much of McKenna Mendelson Mainline uniqueness stemmed from the originality of their approach to the blues genre. In December 1968, MMM reversed the trend of English bands coming to North America, and proceeded to England to gig and hopefully to pursue a major record deal. The Mainline reunion of the late 1990s gave rise to their best known 'recent' gig at Toronto's El Mocambo Tavern, which closed its doors for the last time in November 2001. The band's live shows became more risque and raunchier, defying the staid Canadian R&B clubs up and down the Toronto bar circuit. The result of Mainline's new found infamy was released as the 'The Mainline Bump 'n' Grind Revue: Live At The Victory Theatre' in 1972.