Legendary punks D.O.A. have traveled the globe almost continuously since they formed in 1978 and released their first snarling piece of vinyl, the “Disco Sucks” EP. That slab of plastic opened the door to international prominence, 14 studio albums and three generations of fans. 2013 marks the band’s 35th and final year as Canada’s godfather of punk Joe Keithley embarks on a political career seeking the New Democratic Party (NDP) nomination in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
Punk and politics are historically linked and D.O.A. have always worn their politics on their sleeves. Their blatant slogan: TALK-ACTION=0 sums it all up. D.O.A. have played benefits for rape relief, anti-racism, education, anti-globalization, anti-war, OXFAM, first nations rights, anti-censorship and environmental causes amongst many others. “I’ve been working on trying to change Canada and this world into a better place from outside the system for the last 35 years,” reflects Keithley. “Now I will do my utmost to effect that change from inside the system. That’s why I am running for the only progressive party, the NDP.”
Eastern Canada packed venues in the fall 2012 for final D.O.A. shows and now the final dates have been announced for B.C,, Alberta and California. Celebrating 35 years and their 14th studio album “We Come In Peace”, fans will be treated to two hours of D.O.A. songs old and new. Watch for special appearances from many ex bandmembers at the final Vancouver show on January 18 at The Rickshaw.
Jan. 18 – The Rickshaw, Vancouver, BC
Jan. 24 – The Waverly, Cumberland, BC
Jan. 25 – Lasqueti Island, BC
Jan. 26 – Artspring Theatre, Saltspring Island, BC
Jan. 27 – 9 One 9, Victoria, BC
Jan. 31 – Phoenix Theatre Petaluma, CA
Feb. 01 – The Observatory Santa Ana, CA
Feb. 02 – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
Feb. 03 – Weber’s, Reseda, CA
Feb. 21 – The Vat, Red Deer, AB
Feb. 22 – Pawn Shop, Edmonton, AB
Feb. 23 – The Republic, Calgary, AB
Feb. 24 – Wild Bill’s, Banff, AB