Bloodied but unbowed
A long time ago, I had some buddies in various punk bands (the Authorities, Fall of Christianity, the Hot Spit Dancers, etc.) that played on bills with virtually every example of what’s now called “old-school” punk: Black Flag, the Dead Kennedys, Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, Flipper—all of ’em great. But, to a man, the band my pals were most impressed with—and would not shut up about—was D.O.A., a politically charged combo from Vancouver, British Columbia, led by Joey “Shithead” Keithley. D.O.A. is back on the road and will play the Roadhouse, 1516 Bell Avenue in North Sacramento (or Robla, or South Rio Linda) on Friday, March 26, at 8 p.m., with Nothing Like Negative and Another Day Off. Admission is $10. Earlier that day, at 6 p.m. to be precise, Keithley will be appearing at Tower Records’ Broadway store, at 2500 16th Street, to sign copies of his new autobiography, I Shithead: A Life in Punk. It’s a good read, and if you’re curious about a firsthand account of what it was really like, this will give you a really good picture.