Canadian rocker in town promoting ninth album



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Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell, seen here in a file photo, was in Yaletown yesterday to promote his first album in eight years.


Kim Mitchell said being back in the recording studio after an eight-year hiatus is like riding a bike. He even said it was more fun than he remembered.

“It was probably more enjoyable because I’m older and I’ve just become more comfortable,” he said.

Mitchell, a Canadian rock icon popular in the ’80s, was in Vancouver yesterday to promote his ninth solo album, and his first in almost as many years, Ain’t Life Amazing.

“I’m really proud of it, which is kind of unusual for me to say,” said the three-time Juno Award winner and radio host at Toronto’s Q107 radio station.

After putting out his 1999 album Kimosabe, he had lost his desire to record music. But the passion for writing never subsided, and he felt the itch to start making music again.

“It was like somebody grabbing me by the neck with a cane,” he said.

“I think (this album) is different because I’m older and more self-indulgent and I’m ripping on the guitar a lot more, playing a lot more solos.

“I love both my jobs so I’m lucky that way. I have the two coolest jobs in the world.”