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Max Webster was a Canadian rock band of the late 1970s.

The band was formed in 1973 in Sarnia, Ontario and consisted of guitarist and vocalist Kim Mitchell, keyboardist Terry Watkinson, bassist Mike Tilka and drummer Paul Kersey. Mitchell, joined by Pye Dubois , would write the majority of their material with Mitchell writing the music and Dubois writing lyrics.

Kersey left the band after their self-titled debut album, to be replaced by Gary McCracken. After recording and touring for their second album, High Class in Borrowed Shoes, Tilka would follow suit and leave the band, being replaced by Dave Myles. Recording for their third album, Mutiny Up My Sleeve, began with this line-up which would last through to their fourth album, A Million Vacations. Prior to Universal Juveniles Watkinson and Myles left, to be replaced by various musicians to record the last album and then tour for a little while longer before Kim Mitchell decided to end it in 1981 for a solo career.

The band was successful in Canada, with hits such as “A Million Vacations,” “Let Go The Line” and “Paradise Skies”, although they never made it big outside of Canada. “Paradise Skies” was a minor UK hit, reaching number 43 on the singles chart there. In addition, they appeared on Top of the Pops in 1979 playing to a pre-recorded track which was recorded at Abbey Road studios. Kim Mitchell’s subsequent solo career, however, reached a much broader audience and he achieved popularity beyond Canada during the 80’s.


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  • alainchaumont

    Merci Volker:-))

    19 Mar 10:01pm Reply
  • Bentwick09

    totally underrated..., brilliant band....

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • TCBProject

    When Kim was in Max Webster he was one of the first concerts I ever saw. High school in Sauga and trippinon A's :-) He came out in the darkened stage with this red light that spun around in circles on his face then the lights went on FEED back and they kicked into Hang Over and this extremely skinny guy emerged out f the darkness and the Bloody school erupted and Cid kicked in yee haa! that was it, it was all over !! KIM ruled for years to this day! Thanks Kim!!

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    A warm sound of the soul which we have heard too many times, but it's still a pleasure that is renewed at every listening. Psych. -.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Color_Of_Sound

    Great..... unfortunately another underrated band!!!

    22 Jun 2011 Reply
  • chopper777

    Great band, I also saw them supporting Rush. Paradise Skies is brilliant!

    22 Jan 2011 Reply
  • srgpepper67

    does any body else remember the live recording at the Lyric theatre in Kitchener. Man, they were great as always. WE just tore that theatre up. Everyone loved the Websters. Some people where afraid of them. It was great to help research at beach resorts.Websters please please come back. The wimpy youth of today need you!!!

    5 May 2010 Reply


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  • Harfang

    Bah, you guys are right. I'll tag mine correctly and get more to play. :)

    2 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Creaulx

    One of Canada's many well-kept musical secrets. I don't think the USA had a clue how to market these guys back in the day. Fantastically tuneful and inventive stuff - Pye Dubois was a genius.

    17 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Bentwick09

    absolute underrated...., great, great band......

    27 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Cheezdude

    Pretty disappointed by ammount of listens. I'll help them out...

    26 May 2009 Reply
  • gdyepiva

    I saw this band in Edinburgh back in 79 supporting Rush during the Hemisphere tour. It is but a blur. In fact it was a blur at the time. :) Enjoyed listening to " High Class In Borrowed Shoes" for many years.

    4 Aug 2008 Reply
  • knowtown

    I Love Max Webster. Just started recording my albums and cassettes to my computer using Audacity so I can finally listen to it on my computer/mp3 player. WOOOHOOO!

    14 Jul 2008 Reply
  • strudeludel

    because its tagged as lost of things like Max Webster with Kim Mitchel ect.

    14 Apr 2008 Reply
  • acelxpro

    Wow, how can such a great band have so few listens...

    11 Mar 2008 Reply
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  • 6:00

    A helluva band. Pity the playcount is so low. I definitely need to spin these guys more.

    7 Jan 2007 Reply
  • dataghost613

    I've seen these guys live back in the day....I've run into Kim Mitchell numerous times back then and still do seeing that he works at Q-107 here in Toronto...

    15 Jul 2006 Reply

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