Max Webster

Max Webster was a Canadian hard-rock band that released five albums and a live disc on Anthem between 1976 and 1980.

Members: Kim Mitchell (guitar, vocals), Terry Watkinson (keyboards, vocals, 1973-79, 1990-?), Mike Tilka (bass, 1973-77, 1990-?), Paul Kersey (drums, 1973-77), Gary McCracken (drums, 1977-?), David Myles (bass), David Stone (keyboards, 1979-81)

Max Webster was formed in Sarnia, Ontario, in 1973 by guitarist/singer Kim Mitchell. He’d spent the preceding seven years in a series of short-lived acts (The Quotations, Big Al’s Band, ZOOOM), including one, the Grass Company, that issued the 1968 psych-rock single “Once a Days” (b/w “Once a Child”) on Michigan-based regional press Sound Inc.

For Max Webster, Mitchell enlisted keyboardist Terry Watkinson, bassist Mike Tilka, and drummer Paul Kersey. Watkinson had played in the late-’50s rockabilly combo Sonny Brite & the Sequins and the ’60s garage band Dee & the Yeomen. Kersey hailed from The Bluesmen Revue, which issued the 1968 Columbia single “Spin the Bottle (of Love)” (b/w “Dorian’s Dance”).

Max Webster secured a deal with Taurus Records, a short-lived label run by Rush manager Ray Danniels.

Max Webster

Max Webster released their debut album on May 3, 1976, on Taurus Records (TR 101).

Max Webster is the second of three albums released Taurus, which Danniels subsumed into a new label, Anthem Records, which reissued the album in January 1977. In the US, the album appeared on Mercury as Hangover with different cover art.

High Class in Borrowed Shoes

Max Webster released their second album, High Class in Borrowed Shoes, on May 16, 1977, on Anthem and Mercury.

Mutiny Up My Sleeve

Max Webster released their third album, Mutiny Up My Sleeve, on April 17, 1978, on Anthem and Capitol (US).

A Million Vacations

Max Webster released their fourth album, A Million Vacations, on March 5, 1979, Anthem and Capitol. 

Live Magnetic Air

On October 22, 1979, Max Webster released Live Magnetic Air, culled from two recent concerts in Ontario.

Universal Juveniles

Max Webster released their fifth studio album, Universal Juveniles, on October 3, 1979, Anthem and Mercury. 



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