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Joseph Kim Mitchell (born July 10, 1952 in Sarnia, Ontario) is a Canadian guitarist. He was the lead singer and guitarist for the band Max Webster before going on to lead a solo career. He is currently a radio show host for CILQ-FM (Q107) in Toronto.
During the 1970s, Mitchell began playing with local bands in Sarnia. After going through a few name changes with essentially the same band, Mitchell and "Zooom" headed for Toronto, Ontario. Zooom eventually dissolved, with Mitchell travelling to the Greek islands.
On his return to Canada, he formed the band Max Webster with fellow Sarnia native Pye Dubois. Max Webster toured extensively and built a string of hits. Mitchell's solo career began after his departure from Max Webster, with session work and a succession of solo albums.
Max Webster was progressive rock with a nice dose of "tongue and cheek" thrown in for good measure. The awesome musical creativity and guitar palying of Mitchell combined with DuBois' lyrical lunacy gave the band a healthy following in Canada and some parts [mostly in the north] of America.
Although there were many songs that charted in Canada from Max Websters library of releases, the majority of their most popular songs were relagated to concert favorites rather than actual radio hits. Their second and third albums "High Class in Borrowed Shoes" and "Mutiny Up My Sleeve" brought about a few such concert favorites and underground hits such as, "Oh War", and "In Context of the Moon" with Mutiny giving us "The Party" and an even bigger hit with "Battle Scar" off of "Universal Juveniles" [where the band was joined in the studio by fellow canadian super-group Rush]. Even after embarking on his solo career, Kim would pull these songs out in concert on many occasions.
After going solo, Kim seemed to have finally found his radio-rhythm outside of canada. In early 1985, the song "Go For Soda" from the Akimbo Alogo album became an international hit and remains his best known song outside of his native land. The song was also featured in the opening scene of the 1985 Miami Vice episode Buddies. More recently, it was also featured by American Dad, in the episode A.T. the Abusive Terrestrial. The song was later used by Trailer Park Boys in the episode "We Can't Call People Without Wings Angels So We Call Them Friends". His most successful Canadian album was the follow-up, 1986's Shakin' Like a Human Being, featuring the hits "Alana Loves Me", "Easy to Tame", and the biggest hit of his career, "Patio Lanterns".
In 1992, Mitchell played guitar on the track "Brave and Crazy" from Tom Cochrane's album Mad Mad World. In that same year he also made a cameo appearance (as himself) on the third season finale of the popular Canadian sketch program The Kids in the Hall.
In 2004, Mitchell entered the radio broadcasting industry, becoming afternoon drivetime host on Toronto classic rock radio station Q107 (CILQ-FM) . He also opened for Def Leppard at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on July 16, 2007. His eighth solo studio album, entitled "Ain't Life Amazing" was released on July 17, 2007.
In 2006, Mitchell provided a guitar solo on the song "Wind It Up" from the Barenaked Ladies' album Barenaked Ladies Are Me.
The Kim Mitchell Band is his longtime musical partner of 26 years, Peter Fredette on bass and vocals, Chris Sutherland on drums, and Don Breithaupt on keyboards and vocals.