D.O.A. Turn 25

Published: 2003-11-20
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Burnaby, BC punk rock band D.O.A. The milestone makes them one of Canada's oldest punk rock bands. To celebrate D.O.A. has released a 25 song greatest hits CD called "War and Peace". Band member Joey Keithley has written an autobiography telling the story of the band. And D.O.A. is currently on tour.

In 25 years D.O.A. has released 13 albums. A 14th is planned for next year. Yet their success has left them relatively poor compared to bands like Green Day and Rancid who followed in the footsteps of D.O.A.

D.O.A.'s beginnings were in an age where songs of politics and protest set punk apart from other musical genres. According to Keithley there are two types of musicians; those who entertain and those who entertain with a message. "Rock has to mean rebellion and if it's not then it's not really rock. It becomes pop music of some form," said Keithley. Greenpeace, prisoner rights, anti nuke groups, and women's rape centers have all gotten support from D.O.A. performances.

D.O.A. is 25 and still rockin' with a message.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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