Reunited alt-rock trio release new songs from upcoming third album at first concert since 2002
Dogstar, the ’90s The alt-rock band, which featured Keanu Reeves on bass, played its first concert in 20 years Saturday as the reunited trio performed at BottleRock Festival in Napa Valley.
The 12-song performance boasted a mix of tracks from Dogstar’s only two albums – 1996 Our little vision and 2000 Happy ending — plus songs from the band’s third LP In Action, including “Glimmer,” “Flowers,” and “Breach.”
The BottleRock concert was Dogstar’s first show since October 2002, the same year they broke up. However, after 20 years of dormancy, in July 2022, the official Instagram associated with Dogstar simply declared – like Reeves’ iconic character John Wick – “we’re back.” Since then, the trio have frequently uploaded updates from the studio, including the revelation that they recorded with guitars that were once owned by Elliott Smith.
In an interview with Billboard, Reeves said of his reunion with drummer Robert Milhouse (a fellow actor who notably appeared in Seinfeld) and guitarist/vocalist Bret Domrose, “I missed playing together, I missed writing together, I missed doing shows together. It’s something I’ve always missed. We came to a place where we weren’t playing anymore, and I missed it… Once we started playing, we felt really good and positive.” And really creative, that was like, “Okay, let’s make this happen.”
Likewise, Dogstar has teased a more extensive tour itinerary in support of their yet-to-be-announced new album — Reeves has no upcoming projects that require promotional commitments in the near future — so fans can probably expect to see Reeves at concert venues this summer, despite John’s alleged return. Wake.