D.O.A. Wrapping It Up

Hardcore punk pioneer band D.O.A. continues its farewell tour with a run through California and its native Canada.  Always a politically active band, D.O.A.’s swan song came about because its singer is seeking public office.

Ever since D.O.A. formed in 1978, the Vancouver, British Columbia, band has had Joe Keithley at its center, the only member to stay in the group since its beginning.  Now Keithley is seeking the New Democratic Party nomination in Coquitlam, British Columbia, to become a member of the Legislative Assembly.

For D.O.A.’s fans, Keithley’s entry into politics probably seems like a natural extension of the life of Canada’s “Godfather of Punk.”  Through its 30 year-plus career, D.O.A. played benefits for Rape Relief, anti-racism, education, anti-globalization, OXFAM, anti-war, First Nations Rights, anti-censorship, environmental issues and other causes, all under their slogan, “Talk-Action=0.”

“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,’ Keithley said.  “Now I will do my utmost to effect that change from inside the system.”

But before Keithley changes Canada’s body politic from the inside, his band has a few dates left to play.  The journey begins with the band’s final shows in Vancouver as well as a few more British Columbia gigs before heading to California for four dates in the Sunshine State.  Canada follows.

Jan. 18 – Vancouver, British Columbia, The Rickshaw Theatre
Jan. 19 – Vancouver, British Columbia, The Rickshaw Theatre
Jan. 24 – Cumberland, British Columbia, Waverly Hotel
Jan. 25 – Lasqueti, British Columbia, Lasqueti Community Hall
Jan. 26 – Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Artspring
Jan. 27 – Victoria, British Columbia, Club 9one9
Jan. 31 – Petaluma, Calif., Phoenix Theater
Feb. 1 – Santa Ana, Calif., The Observatory
Feb. 2 – San Diego, Calif., Brick By Brick
Feb. 3 – Reseda, Calif., Weber’s Place
Feb. 20 – Lethbridge, Alberta, Studio Nightclub
Feb. 21 – Red Deer, Alberta, The Vat
Feb. 22 – Edmonton, Alberta, Pawn Shop
Feb. 23 – Calgary, Alberta, Republik Nightclub
Feb. 24 – Banff, Alberta, Wild Bill’s

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