KIM MITCHELL SURVIVES HEART ATTACK
By Keith Sharp
It’s been a pretty scary period for rock music icons!
First Motorhead lead vocalist Lemmy Kilmister passed away in December. Then rock legend David Bowie succumbed to liver cancer last Sunday. And while the music world was reeling from the loss of Bowie, Canada’s own Kim Mitchell was stricken with a heart attack also on Sunday morning.
Tom Berry, president of Alert Music, Mitchell’s management company, confirmed Wednesday that Mitchell had successfully undergone surgery at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and would be resting there for a few more days before being released.
It is expected that the former Max Webster lead vocalist/guitarist will need at least six to eight weeks to make a full recovery which means concert dates in Sudbury February 5th and Casino Rama, Orillia March 11th will have to be re-scheduled.
The 63-year-old Sarnia native recorded seven studio albums and one Greatest Hits record with Max Webster between 1976 and 1981 achieving hit singles with “Let Go The Line”, “A Million Vacations” and “Paradise Skies”. He then switched from Anthem Records to Alert Music in 1982 to pursue a solo career, chalking up 10 studio albums and one Greatest Hits release, scoring major airplay with “Patio Lanterns”, “Go For Soda”, “All We Are” and “Rockland Wonderland”.
Mitchell also enjoyed a stint as the afternoon deejay at Toronto’s Q-107 which he ended in July of last year to refocus on his music career.
Mitchell would like to thank the doctors and nurses at St Josephs, where he was initially taken following his heart attack and at St Mikes where he was successfully treated and he’s determined to get back on stage as soon as possible.