December 23, 1972

Abbey Road Pub

Toronto, ON

Setlist Included:



This is Max Webster's first gig. Because they couldn't think of a name for the band, the manager of the venue advertised them as "Stinky" in the Toronto Star.

Mike Tilka recalls Aqualung by Jethro Tull to be the first song they played, and one of the last cover songs they'd drop by 1974 when original songs dominated their repertoire.

Max Webster did briefly exist before this, but only in name. In the summer of 1972 Mike Tilka was in a Milwaukee-based horn band called Family At Mac's with (eventual Genesis sideman) Daryl Stuermer, who had written a piece called Song For Webster. At the end of the summer the band split as the horn players continued on with school, leaving the nucleus of Tilka, Stuermer, Stuermer's brother Duane, and Phil Trudell. They used the name Max Webster, but didn't actually play any gigs.

Later in the year, Tilka and Trudell formed Max Webster with Kim Mitchell as the guitarist. Mitchell wasn't the lead singer at this point, as Trudell had the mic for about half the songs, while Kim and Mike sang the rest. They played only a handful of small dates as a trio.


Kim Mitchell - Vocals/Guitar
Mike Tilka - Bass
Phil Trudell - Drums