DOA - Punk Concert (Sat, Sept 25)
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D.O.A. started out in a whirlwind of controversy and upheaval. In 1978 three guys fresh out of high school from the backwaters of Canada’s suburbs heard about the punk rock revolution. In February 1978 the band formed and started playing shows, but they soon realized that there were no record deals coming any time soon. Joe Keithley aka Joey Shithead, who was working towards being a civil rights lawyer before he found punk rock, concluded that the band had to take the Do It Yourself approach long before D.I.Y. became popular. So he formed a fledging record label called Sudden Death Records and the label released D.O.A.’s first snarling slab of vinyl, the Disco Sucks 7” EP.
Disco Sucks soon became an underground hit and the band started touring from Vancouver to their newly adopted “home base” of California five to six times a year. In 1980 Joey Shithead coined the term hardcore. The band soon released their landmark album Hardcore 81. The album became a hit, the hardcore movement took off and D.O.A. pushed that expression into our common vernacular.
Over the last four decades D.O.A. have released 18 studio albums, sold over a million albums and played over 4,500 shows on five different continents. The band’s albums, shows and attitude has won over three generations of fans and influenced the likes of Guns and Roses, Green Day, Nirvana, Offspring, Henry Rollins, David Grohl and the Red Hot Chilli peppers, to name a few. Joe has also found time to write two books: I Shithead: A Life in Punk and TALK - ACTION = 0.
From day one, D.O.A. has helped organize and lead hundreds of benefit concerts and protests for good and just causes like environmental issues, women’s rights, food bank benefits, First Nations rights and they have organized and stood against war, racism and weapons proliferation, amongst others.
JOEY KEITHLEY: ENVIRONMENTALIST, ACTIVIST POLITICIAN, D.O.A. FOUNDER, WRITER AND TROUBLEMAKER
Keithley has been called a cultural politician, trying to change the world from outside the system. Well my friends, Joe got elected in October 2018 as a city councillor in his home town of Burnaby (one of the largest cities on the west coast of Canada). Joe ran as a Green and is now changing the system from the inside. He has worked hard to provide affordable housing and much needed help for the disadvantaged. In other words, changing the system from the inside. Noted film maker Scott Crawford (Salad Days and Boy Howdy) is documenting Joe’s journey through politics and music, with a release of the film in 2022, the year when Keithley will be running for re-election.
Many have compared Joe to a modern day Woody Guthrie and he is always looking for a way to push grassroots democracy and like his idols Woody and Pete Seeger, he and the band won’t give up.
So that, in a few words, is D.O.A. When they take their wild, unbridled show live show on the road, it’s a must see, because this is one of the last real punk rock bands that still gets out there and kicks ass and still tells it like it is. It’s always an atmosphere of chaos, veering out of control, but somehow, at the last minute, D.O.A., manages to reign all of it back in. And in an indescribable way, you are not quite the same afterwards.
Hardcore 81 WINS CBC POLARIS PRIZE “ONE OF CANADA’S GREATEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME”
D.O.A.’s seminal album Hardcore 81 was recently names as one of Canada’s all-time great musical accomplishments. Hardcore 81 was the searing piece of vinyl that influenced generations of musicians and spear headed the hardcore movement. In Novemver 2019 the CBC Polaris awards named it as one of the best (punk rock fans knew this all along anyways! Lol) beating the likes of Sarah McLaughlin, The Band, KD Lang and other notable artists.
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