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D.O.A. arriving in Cumberland for last time

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January 17, 2013 · 3:52 PM
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NO STRANGER TO Cumberland, Joe Keithley brings his legendary band D.O.A. to the Waverley Hotel on Jan. 24 for the last time. / PHOTO SUBMITTED

Inspired by Woody Guthrie, Canada’s godfather of punk, Joe Keithley has always been out to change the world, through almost 35 years of D.O.A., he and the band have taken on all brands of oppressors.

Now Joe is trying to do it from inside the system. He is seeking the New Democratic Party (NDP) nomination in the British Columbia riding of Coquitlam–Burke Mountain.

Meanwhile, D.O.A. is celebrating 35 years with the release of their long-awaited 14th studio album We Come In Peace and a 20-date tour across Canada that started Oct. 10. D.O.A. plays Jan. 24 at the Waverley Hotel in Cumberland.

This is not the end for D.O.A., but these will likely be the last dates for four to eight years and who knows, maybe forever.

We Come In Peace has all the firepower, politics and humor that are the cornerstones of any great D.O.A. album with special guest vocal appearances by Hugh Dillon (Headstones), Jello Biafra and Ben Kowalewicz (Billy Talent).

We Come In Peace is as much a declaration of D.O.A.’s mission on this, the band’s 14th studio album of all-new material, as it is a way to identify this collection of songs by serving as the album’s title.

Always a fiercely political band, D.O.A. have upped the ante here by jumping headfirst into the chaos that is today’s less-than-stable worldwide political environment.

They tackle the financial crisis, the Occupy movement, shady dealings by top officials, systemic bigotry, and other important issues — those that have been ripped from the headlines and those that have been culled from buried stories and the underground press.

For more about the band, visit www.suddendeath.com and www.facebook.com/DOAPUNK.

Tickets for the Jan. 24 gig are available at Bop City, the Waverley or by phoning 25-336-8322. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.

— Cumberland village Works