Saturday, July 7th saw the Blue Grotto host the legendary punk band D.O.A. Vancouver’s D.O.A., along with bands like Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys, invented the hardcore punk genre and are one of the few original bands still making music today. They’re on their 40th anniversary tour, supporting their 18th album to date, Fight Back.
Veteran Vancouver based rock and punk band The Stag Reels opened up the show with a 40 minute set of hard rock and punk originals, some of which from their upcoming album, The Next Round’s on You Deer. They did a good job on warming up the audience and had a few fans in the audience shouting for an encore.
D.O.A. wasted no time getting on to the stage, with lead singer Joe Keithley himself supervising the stage set up. It’s heartening to see Joey still taking the time to do the little things like working his own stage set up, talking with the sound crew and the crowd while doing so. After starting out with the classic “The Enemy”, they screamed into a blistering 45 minute set of new tunes and lots of older classics like “World War III”, “The Prisoner”, “Liar for Hire” and their covers of BTO’s “Takin’ Care of Business” and Edwin Starr’s “War”. In true punk fashion, there was very little banter between songs, just a second’s pause then on to the next song. Despite being in his 50s now, Joey hasn’t missed a step in performing and had the crowd in the palm of his hand. They returned for an encore, featuring a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Disco Sucks” and their rebranded version of “Fucked Up Baby” called “Fucked Up Donald”, renamed in “honour” of Donald Trump.