Keanu Reeves’ Band Dogstar Announce First Show After 20 Years
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Spin has reported that Dogstar, the ’90s alternative rock/grunge band fronted by actor Keanu Reeves, will be performing for the first time in more than two decades.
The band, consisting of singer-guitarist Bret Domrose and drummer Rob Mailhouse alongside Reeves, will make their long-awaited comeback on May 27 at the 2023 BottleRock Festival in Napa, California.
After a hiatus of twenty years, Dogstar has reunited and is actively engaged in creating fresh songs while making preparations for their upcoming live performances.
Dogstar’s musical output has been sparse since 2003 when they released a rendition of Mr. Big’s “Shine” as part of a tribute compilation. However, their own original songs have been absent from the music scene since their album Happy Ending in 2000. In 2022, the band announced their reunion.
In an April comment on their most recent Instagram post about their ongoing activities, Dogstar expressed gratitude to all the individuals for their generous remarks. Upon witnessing such a positive response, they conveyed their overwhelming joy and admitted that they hadn’t anticipated it.
Dogstar, although they achieved only modest success at the beginning, holds a significant place in the annals of ’90s rock history. Weezer, their fellow alternative rockers, made the decision to adopt their band name prior to their supporting gig for Dogstar in 1992.
In 1991, a band called Dogstar was established in Los Angeles, comprising Reeves on bass guitar, Robert Mailhouse on drums, and Gregg Miller on guitar. They specialized in alternative rock and drew inspiration from punk and grunge genres, earning recognition for their dynamic live shows.
Their EP Quattro Formaggi emerged in 1996, featuring notable guest appearances by River Phoenix and John Frusciante. However, Dogstar disbanded in 2002, ending their collaboration before the possibility of a reunion.