Posted in music on March 31, 2014


Reports have been coming in that Dave Gregg of legendary Vancouver hardcore band D.O.A. passed away last night (3/30). He was 54.

A cause of death hasn't been officially confirmed, but reports that he may have suffered a heart attack after a possible aneurysm, and he is said to have died in the hospital.

Dave was in D.O.A. from 1980 to 1988 and played on their most classic albums, including their 1980 debut Something Better Change and its followup, Hardcore '81, both of which have proved influential on hardcore and punk in the decades that followed. (In fact, Fucked Up's Damian Abraham shouted them out on Twitter a day before Dave's death.)

Rest in peace, Dave. Your contributions to music won't be forgotten. Stream some classic DOA below...


DOA - "New Age"

DOA - "I Don't Give A Shit"



Tags: Dave Gregg, DOA, RIP

Comments (45)

Dave was a super sweet guy..had a great sense of humor. and a fantastic guitar player. very sad day..R.I.P. Dave..

Posted by J | March 31, 2014 5:50 PM

No offense to this guy, but why is every semi-famous punk band from the 80s considered legendary? Is this a hardcore thing? It's like you can't even say a punk band before 1990 without adding legendary before it. Shit's getting out of hand. Or is it just some big inside joke?

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 6:04 PM

6:04 - This band helped to literally invent the word "hardcore." Read any book or look at any documentary that covers the history of hardcore punk and D.O.A. will be mentioned. Do some homework pal.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 6:12 PM have to be clueless to everything pre Nirvana

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 6:18 PM

6:04 probably born after 81

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 6:18 PM

Let's face it, fellow Billyburger eaters, death is not easy. And speaking of the Pacific Northwest, the death of one fine radio station, that of KCMU, was an equally terrible blow to my love of music. I will never forgive KEXP and the shlock of hosts it brought on board to play the same fucking albums all day long. JR, CW and K. They fucking sound so polished and commercial it makes me ill. I haz a sad.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 6:20 PM

6:04 not to mention when a record is just as relevant and timeless sounding 34 years later, the band who wrote it sort of earns the title "legendary."

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 6:21 PM

Uh Beavis, punk died long before 1990. Stop copying the old pharts and invent something of your own. The old pharts want to hear new stuff too, not just boring versions of what we banged out as teenagers. Loved Dave. Stayed with DOA in Vancouver in the summer of '83. Wonderful band, guys, gals, manager.. All The Best, e

Posted by Old Phat Punk | March 31, 2014 7:04 PM

My dad used to blast these guys when I was a kid in the early 80s. Still remember when this old Jew broad jumped over the fence into our garden to tell my dad to turn this shit down when we moved to the Gardens.

"Turn it down or turn it off - either way I hava bat!"

My dad was fucking awesome. Kept hardcore alive and strong all throughout the 80s in every neighborhood my family wound up in Brooklyn.

RIP pops

These old school hardcore posts bring a tear of joy and fire to my eyes.

Posted by Matt Fuller | March 31, 2014 7:16 PM

6:04 silly cunt

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 7:17 PM

Hey 6:04. How dare you use an obit to post an opinion of any kind, even if it is stupid. You are an insult to anyone who works in music and all of its fans. Dave Gregg was a class act and was more legendary to those of us that knew him. A great guy who I will sorely miss.

Posted by David Hintz | March 31, 2014 7:50 PM

6:04 needs to shut the fuck up

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 8:03 PM

Rip Dave Gregg.

@ 7.16 - "Jew broad"? That 'aint punk, pal.

Posted by Solid_Ground | March 31, 2014 8:08 PM

Dave Gregg is D.O.A.

Bu Dum Tisssssssssssssssss.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 9:04 PM

Legendary? Before 1990? That's because bands like D.O.A. made it possible for bands in the '90's to exsist. If the hardcore movement wouldn't have happened,there wouldn't have been the whole Nirvana Seattle thing. So show some props for the bands that made it happen. We did it without any support from anyone.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 9:06 PM

Good troll 6:04
You sure got up one guy's urethra with a chili pepper

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 10:31 PM

@ 6:04


Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2014 10:45 PM

Yeah man that's not punk, pal.

Posted by Matt Fuller | March 31, 2014 11:33 PM

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Posted by Launch X431 v | April 1, 2014 2:30 AM

That's a shocker. I met Dave many times, and he was a class guy. In fact all of them are. Old Phat Punk, I stayed with them in the summer of 83 too, at The Plaza with Ken, Rawjer, Kermit, and the rest. They went out of their way to make us welcome, get us gigs, and cheap studio time so we could record a quick demo, which eventually became our one and only record a few years after the fact. Awesome band, and Dave will be greatly missed. 6:04, that was an idiotic comment. If D.O.A. isn't a "legendary hardcore band", nobody is.

Posted by Chris Richards | April 1, 2014 2:57 AM

how many more of you faggots knew this Dave guy and can tell strangers on the internet about it

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 3:22 AM

Hey asshole, it's a story about "this Dave guy" passing away. Everyone in every punk and hardcore band in North America in the 80s knew him and liked him. Go troll someone else's obituary, creep.

Posted by Chris Richards | April 1, 2014 4:18 AM

Never heard of this fucking band. People seem to throw around adjectives like Legendary for any old shit these days. Fucking nostalgia trip shit.

Posted by Eddie the Asian Gimp | April 1, 2014 4:28 AM


Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 4:44 AM

Thanks for telling us all what punk is and is not. You always secretly wanted to be a jock or a cop, didn't you?

Posted by Matt Fuller | April 1, 2014 6:58 AM

More than 100 comments is legendary, less than that is a footnote.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 7:22 AM

sad. I respect DOA though I admit I'm not a huge fan. The record they did with Jello Biafra was cool!

Joey def. put his political convictions into action. He's very on point. Isn't he seeking office?

This thread is to acknowledge the death of an individual and shouldn't be used to post negative opinions. Inappropriate.

Posted by Jeff | April 1, 2014 10:39 AM

Dave Gregg was important to my life, and to the lives of pretty much everyone I knew who was into music. Loved the guy ...

Someday, you trolls will see your contemporaries start dying, and if you're lucky, some jerks with no perspective won't bother to tell you what to think about it. Amazing, really ... you folks ought to take a step back and look at what you're doing. Trolling obits? What other incredibly shitty habits do you have?

Posted by Wendell | April 1, 2014 11:49 AM

Never heard of this clown. Next!

Posted by Amy Leigh Fatso | April 1, 2014 1:34 PM


Ironic that 604 is Vancouver's area code. You're so ironic, 6:04.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 6:34 PM

Dave and D.O.A. pioneered the DIY punk-underground circuit of the '80s. They toured all over Canada, the U.S., and Europe, booking shows in all kinds of bumfuck places. Every band that followed them doing that kind of music owes them for it.

I saw them around 10-15 times, opened for them a bunch of times, and never saw them do a bad show.

Yeah, they weren't commercially successful, but hardly any bands doing underground music back then were (and their live shows were better than their records).

And he was a nice guy, fun, caring, lots of energy.

Posted by steve w. | April 1, 2014 9:51 PM

An untalented person attempting to play contrived poseur 3rd rate Sex Pistols is NOT a fucking legend. Grow the fuck up. So a group of idiots is dumb enough to follow through with their rock n roll fantasy life. Wow, so fucking legendary, epic, and amazing!


Posted by Amy-Leigh Fatso | April 1, 2014 10:40 PM

Better and more important than Black Flag.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 11:13 PM

D.O.A. ranks with a handful of bands that laid the groundwork for the entire North American hardcore punk scene. Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, and a few others. These idiots wouldn't know who Black Flag was either if Henry never decided to get into acting. Probably more interested in American Idol or whether Justin and Selina are still dating, but most likely just trolls who get off on pissing people off for no reason. R.I.P. Dave.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 12:33 AM


Posted by Im not Mad | April 2, 2014 8:33 PM

Great reference to the Sex Pistols your IQ is speaking volumes ... Sex Pistols probably the only band you know before the 90's. In fact the only thing you know about punk is when you blast green day in your backyard and start a slam pit with yourself. Probably to scared to go to a real show, go back to your suburban home and listen to your ipod and blast Justin Bieber so you can feel dangerous

Posted by Im not Mad | April 2, 2014 8:42 PM

I love DOA. This is sad news. I used to listen to kCMU from about 1982 to 1986. KEXP sucks!

Posted by ledzeppelinsucks | April 3, 2014 1:12 PM

maggotbrain @ 10:40

Groovaholics was the best band Dave was ever in...gonna miss him terribly.

Posted by Dr Nausea | April 4, 2014 3:10 PM

this is a very short video I made with Dave while on tour with the Real McKenzies in Greece

Posted by domenico | April 11, 2014 1:22 PM

Ignorance is bliss. Dave was a true rara avis, a trailblazer and those in the know are grateful for his contribution to punk rock and humanity. Talk-Action=0 R.I.P Dave.

Posted by MediaPoet | April 20, 2014 3:16 PM

Dave...we worked Cheech and Chong without you buddy. But it was as if you were there in between all the words said and unsaid...Easy Partners was having a hard time without you but we preserved and got the High Times Cannabis Cup done despite the fact that losing you took the guts out of all of us. The tears will be long and hard to come but we are going forth despite the hard heartache and the missing you...I'm sorry this obit is filled with vitriol. You are and always will be a legend. And you deserve more kind words and less hate on your obit page. In the end you'd be proud to see you didn't have to do a thing to still get a bunch of folks all riled up and I suppose that's a bit of punks essence...just pissing folks off without trying, eh? We love you are missed. Cathy and Kimberley cry every day. And this old Colorado bird still wishes we coulda had a chance for that beer you promised. Fare the well dear friend long live the chaos...long live you Dave...Dead on Arrival. cb lovingly thinking of you from Colorado.

Posted by ramblinrose | April 21, 2014 1:03 PM

they don't understand me, they don't know where i'm at.

Posted by Danjer Trubble | May 9, 2014 6:25 AM

met dave twice in my home town and he was a great guitarist and great bloke , his fans in scotland will never forget him rip big yin

Posted by macleod | May 31, 2014 9:19 AM

"God Bless"

Posted by Rick Ferrusi | June 3, 2014 9:32 AM

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