Canadian Rocker Kim Mitchell, Age 63, Recovering From Heart Attack

Scott Hough

Canadian rock legend Kim Mitchell, age 63, was said to have suffered from a heart attack early Tuesday morning, according to a post on the musician's Facebook page.

It was reported that Kim Mitchell's heart attack resulted in an emergency surgery being performed and that the former Q107 radio host and Max Webster founder is expected to remain the hospital for a "day or two" and then to require six to eight weeks before he fully regains his strength.

"Kim would like to thank the nurses and doctors at St. Joseph's and St. Michael's hospitals," the rocker's Facebook page stated.

Mitchell then set off to Greece where Paul Woods was reported to have been invited to join him. The pair wrote music together in Europe, sparking the idea for a new band. New members were selected: Paul Kersey, Mike Tilka, and Terry Watkinson. Taking their cue from other rock musicians who chose nonsensical people's names for their groups, such as Alice Cooper and Jethro Tull, Mitchell and company settled on the name Max Webster, which was said to be inspired by a song Tilka's former group Family At Macs wrote named "Webster".

After going through several line-up changes and experiencing poor selling European tour shows, thought by some to have been a result of mismanagement by record company officials, Max Webster disbanded in 1982. Kim Mitchell, however, was just getting started.

Mitchell's first self-titled album reached No. 36 in Canada, but failed to chart outside the country. The songs that Mitchell are most known for, both in and outside Canada, "Go For A Soda" and "Patio Lanterns," would come on his next two albums Akimbo Alogo and Shakin' Like A Human Being. 1985's "Go For A Soda" was Kim Mithchell's only charting U.S. hit, topping out at number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Then, while still performing rock shows, Mitchell worked as a drive-time D.J. with Toronto's biggest rock radio station, Q107, from 2004 to 2015. He could often be heard playing his guitar on the radio, in between spinning classic rock hits from bands like Rush, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones. Mitchell also interviewed many other musicians, giving listeners the unique perspective of listening to a seasoned rock veteran speak with rock superstars, ranging from Robert Plant to the Barenaked Ladies.

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