Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Canadian guitarist Kim Mitchell recovering from heart attack

Canadian guitarist Kim Mitchell is recovering following a heart attack in Toronto on Tuesday.

“Alert Music confirms that Kim Mitchell had a heart attack in the early morning of January 12th,” read the official statement from his management company on Mitchell’s Facebook page. “After successful emergency surgery, Kim is resting in hospital for another day or two. Doctors tell him it will be 6-8 weeks before he is back to full strength.

“Kim would like to thank the nurses and doctors at St. Joseph's and St. Michael's hospitals.”

Mitchell formed the pioneering rock outfit Max Webster in Toronto in 1973.

The band delivered five studio albums and countless Canadian rock radio classics – including “Battlescar” with Rush – before disbanding in 1981, with the guitarist moving on to a solo career.

Mitchell enjoyed solo Canadian chart success with singles like 1984’s “Go For Soda”, 1986’s “Patio Lanterns” and 1989’s ”Rock And Roll Duty,” among others.

He has maintained a touring schedule throughout the years and, from 2004-2015 worked as an afternoon DJ at Toronto rock radio station Q107.