Keanu Reeves reunites with Dogstar band at music festival
Keanu Reeves got back to the stage Saturday, rejoining with his band, Dogstar, for the gathering’s most memorable public presentation in north of 20 years.“Great to be back on stage! What a fantastic day we had. Thank you so much BottleRock,” the band wrote in an Instagram post Sunday.
Reeves and bandmates Bret Domrose and Rob Mailhouse played on the second day of BottleRock Napa Valley, a three-day music festival held in northern California’s famed wine region, with Reeves on bass, Domrose playing guitar and singing and Mailhouse on drums.
Mailhouse also shared on Instagram a behind-the-scenes video clip of the team setting up the drum kit before the band’s performance.
“Drum roll please. Thanks to the fantastic crew at BottleRock. and our tour manager Tj Goldstein, who is on loan from Three Dog Night, and guitar tech Bill Lanham from Tears For Fears. We love you guys. We couldn’t have done this without you. Love to Keith Sarkisian at WME and Dennis and Brant at Qprime. Most of all, to my beautiful, loving wife. This one was for you ❤️,” Mailhouse wrote in the caption.
Dogstar announced its comeback last summer. Since then, the band has been busy writing new songs, according to posts on the rock band’s social media pages, and plan on releasing a new album, titled “Somewhere Between the Power Lines and Palm Trees.” Its second album, “Happy Ending,” was released in 2000 and since then, the band has “reformed and taken a great creative leap forward, establishing an entirely new path,” according to a profile shared on BottleRock’s website.
Reeves told Billboard this month that he had missed his Dogstar days.
“I missed playing together, I missed writing together, I missed doing shows together. It’s something I’ve always missed,” the “John Wick” star said. “We came to a spot where we weren’t playing anymore, and I missed it … Once we started to play, and it felt good, and really positive and creative, that’s when it was like, ‘Okay, let’s make this happen.’”