Written by Alex Stojanovic
@ Richmond Hill Centre For The Performing Arts
Richmond Hill, ON, Canada
March 12, 2020
It's a crazy time around the world right now, with the Coronavirus pandemic affecting many lives, and at the same time, sadly claiming many lives. The circumstances have also caused some cities to put a ban on large public gatherings to avoid the continuing spread. Even in many places where the number of cases isn't astronomical, many people are taking safety precautions, and are avoiding going out, and that's affecting many public events such as concerts, conferences, and such. However, there are still some events that are still on and have not been affected in any way. One of those events was the Kim Mitchell show at the Richmond Hill Centre For The Performing Arts on March 12th.
The show consisted of two sets with an intermission in between. The first set started off with a few songs being performed acoustically, with piano accompaniment by his new keyboardist Kevin Adamson, and guest vocalist Laura Cole. Songs they started off the set were "Alana Loves Me" and "Called Off", as well as a couple of rare Max Webster surprises, which were "Words To Words" and "Here Among The Cats". Just before the music started, Kim made the exciting announcement that he just finished recording a brand new record of all new original material, which is certainly long overdue, and should be out soon. After the acoustic segment was done, drummer Dave Langguth, and bassist and Kim's longtime fellow bandmate Peter Fredette walked out on stage, and things kicked off into high gear with "That's A Man". The remainder of the first set consisted of Max Webster tunes such as "High Class In Borrowed Shoes", "Blue River Liquor Shine" and "The Party".
After a 20 minute intermission, the second set kicked off with "Lager & Ale". Kim, Peter, Kevin and David went through a whole bunch of signature tunes such as "Rockland Wonderland", "Easy To Tame", "I Am A Wild Party", "Patio Lanterns", "All We Are" and "Go For Soda". For the encore, the band returned and treated us to "Rock 'N Roll Duty", officially ending the night. As they were saying their "thank yous", Kim made the reminder for everybody to wash their hands. Simply put, at nearly 70 years, Kim Mitchell proves that he's still a wild party! Go see him live when you get the chance. A huge congratulations to Kim is also in order on his induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Very well deserved.