Joe Keithley of DOA will bring new music from his 17th album, Fight Back, to The Rainbow Room in Port Alberni this Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. SUBMITTED PHOTO

D.O.A. brings punk rock to Port Alberni’s Rainbow Room

New generation of punk bands help D.O.A. celebrate 40 years of performing

After more than 4,500 shows and 17 albums, and despite their name, punk is anything but dead for D.O.A.

Lead singer Joe Keithley, now on the topside of 60, is celebrating 40 years of punk rock with a new album—Fight Back—and a tour.

D.O.A. will headline a night of punk at The Rainbow Room in Port Alberni on Friday, Aug. 17. Other bands also performing will be Powell River Punk Jams, Crashing Into Things, The Hex and ScocoLag.

With 1.5 million albums sold and fans who have seen them perform live in 46 countries, the music never gets old for Keithley. “D.O.A. is a great way to have fun, entertain people, and it’s a great soapbox for me to stand up on and let me say waht I think about the world,” he said in a telephone interview.

Keithley was 16 when he first heard of the punk rock movement. He had joined Greenpeace and was busy protesting nuclear testing when he discovered the genre. “It suited me fine,” he said. “I never planned on this, it kind of happened that way.”

Keithley has been called a “cultural politician”, trying to change the world from outside the system. When he’s not using the soapbox on stage in the form of a microphone and his music, Keithley has been running for office. On Twitter, he announced “D.O.A. has a brand new album called ‘Fight Back’. I’m also running for mayor of Burnaby and in these two ways I fight for justice and against inequality.”

Keithley ran for the Green Party and narrowly lost last year’s provincial election in his British Columbia riding.

“That’s my thing that I do, I fight for the right thing,” Keithley said.

“When we started out, we were fighting against war, racism, sexism and greed. Forty years later we’re still fighting against war, racism, sexism and greed,” he said. “The basic premise to the (new) album is inequality,” he said.

Fight Back isn’t all serious, though: “There’s some pretty funny stuff. There’s one called You Can’t Stop Me. It’s the ballad of Reggie Dunlop from Slapshot (Paul Newman’s coach character in the movie).” There are also a couple of songs about beer, as well as the anti-establishment tunes.

Keithley promises D.O.A.’s show will include “loud and fast, obnoxious drums and guitars” with drummer Paddy Duddy and bass player Corkscrew. The trio has played together for the past four years.

“We’re going to make some excitement, make some chaos—that’s a big part of what D.O.A.’s all about.”

Music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door. The Rainbow Room is located at 3752 Fourth Ave., above Rainbow Lanes in Port Alberni.

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