D.O.A. Downsview Park, Toronto ON, September 19

D.O.A. Downsview Park, Toronto ON, September 19
Photo: Rick Clifford
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Despite logging over thirty-five years of playing live, iconic West coast punks D.O.A. avoided simply going through the motions in their blistering afternoon set. It was chockfull of an infectious energy that kept the crowd engaged the entire time. In between squawking out verses and choruses alongside his strong rhythm section, Joey Shithead didn't just show off his guitar chops in usual fashion; he managed to solo behind his head and with his teeth, as he roared through favourites both new and old, from "I Hate You" to "Disco Sucks." "I don't remember what I was thinking when I wrote that one," he admitted after playing the latter. "It just made sense!"
 
At points, the punk rock party turned political, like when Shithead urged the audience to vote in the upcoming federal election before roaring through the politically charged "Marijuana," "Police Brutality" and a decidedly more rocking cover of Edwin Starr's "War." "Make a good choice and get that bastard Harper out," he shouted. "Together we can, together we will, and together we must make this country a better place."