Photo by Tom Wiebe
Paddy Duddy - Drums, Joey "Shithead" Keithley - Guitar + Vox, Mike Hodsall - Bass + Vox
Nash The Slash is gone, another great Canadian musician leaves us way too early R.I.P.
“Really sad to hear about Nash’s passing,” punk legend Joe Shithead of D.O.A.told Billboard in an email. “A few years back Nash and D.O.A. teamed up to play four shows together in Southern Ontario. D.O.A. would play a full set, then Nash would come on stage to join us for the encore. It was F-ing great! It gave a whole new twist to the songs having Nash’s incredible violin playing added in, and the looks on kid’s faces was pretty rich as well, it took them a minute but would get into it after about ½ a song. To me, having been a long time fan of Nash, it was a great honour. Nash The Slash, you will be missed! RIP my friend.”
*Quote and photo taken from Billboard Magazine's website. To read the full article, please visit the site: http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/6084877/nash-the-slash-mysterious-canadian-experimental
Thanks very much to John Mackie at the Vancouver Sun for his article about Dave.
Read the article HERE.
Long live the spirit of Dave Gregg !!!
(Photo by Dan Scott)
D.O.A. guitarist Dave Gregg - Rest in Peace
It is with unbelievable sorrow that I have to talk about the passing of Dave Gregg. He died of a heart attack this past weekend. I can't even come close to being able to express strong enough condolences to his wife Cathy and the rest of Dave's family.
Dave was a member of D.O.A. from 1980-88 and played some screaming guitar licks on the following albums: Something Better Change, Hardcore 81, War on 45, Let's Wreck The Party, True North Strong and Free and finally on Murder. He was a great guitarist and an unbelievable showman.
But more importantly he was genuinely nice guy and a caring human being, who had one of the most wicked senses of humor I have ever come across.
On long D.O.A. tours Dave (usually the overnight driver) and I along with our comrades Chuck Biscuits, Randy Rampage, Ken Lester, Dimwit (R.I.P.), Brian "Wimpy Roy" Goble, Greg "Peckerwood" James and Jon Card would while away the hours with almost endless conversation. But it usually came down to Dave and I still gabbing into the wee hours. We would scheme about how to change the world and possible wild scientific breakthroughs as we endlessly put up really shitty music on the radio (not much has changed). Dave and I also became very familiar with prices of every kind of crop grown across America and many a gospel preacher on that same radio in the Dodge van we called the Blue Bullet. At one point when D.O.A. had been playing close to 10 years, Dave and I calculated that we had spent four of those 10 years in vans, traveling to shows. As Dave drove he would furiously work his way through bag after bag of spits (sunflower seeds), he would deposit the shells in the door sill of the driver side door until the pile would reach a height of about 12 inches, that was a badge of honor.
On our first tour with Dave he got really drunk at the second show and forgot about half the arrangements, as he stood on the opposite side of the circular bar at the venue we had just played, he smirked at me with a particularly dazed look, I realized I had to get him to shape up, so I threw my 3/4 full can of beer across the bar and nailed him in the forehead. Dave rarely forgot an arrangement after that and went on to become a consummate musician and performer.
I could probably write a book about funny Dave Gregg stories and maybe even promote his one man organization: The New Spartans! LOL
I really wish I had one more chance to sit down with him and cover some of that ground again and explore new avenues of thought, but I can't and that sucks.
Dave, we will all miss you tremendously, but you will live on in our hearts.
Long live the spirit of Dave Gregg !!!
Joe Shithead Keithley - March 31st, 2014
(Photos by Amy Mann from a show called The Eastern Front 1981 Berkeley, California.)
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1985 vintage Marshall JCM 800 amplifier head for sale!
Back in 1985 D.O.A. visited the Marshall factory in England. Dave Gregg (who played guitar in D.O.A. 1980-88) and I purchased identical Marshall JCM 800 heads, we even met Jim Marshall that day.
I have sold mine, but if you are interested in Dave's head, make us an offer.
It's in excellent shape and it was used for 500 D.O.A. shows and can be heard on the following albums: Let's Wreck The Party, True North, Strong and Free and Murder.
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