DOGSTAR, the rock band featuring actor Keanu Reeves on bass from the 1990s and early 2000s, played their first concert following a two-decade-long hiatus on Saturday (May 27) at the BottleRock music festival in Napa Valley, California
The band, which also features singer-guitarist Bret Domrose and drummer Rob Mailhouse also debuted new music from their forthcoming studio album, which included a new track called “Glimmer”.
You can check out fan-filmed video footage of the concert below.
DOGSTAR haven’t performed live since October 2002, yet announced their return via an Instagram post last summer. The trio have been working on new music which is expected to arrive at some point in the near future.
Discussing the forthcoming new DOGSTAR album, Reeves told Billboard prior to the BottleRock show: “I think all three of us just said, ‘Well, if we’re going to do this, let’s make a record.'” Domrose added: “We just knew that there was ‘X’ amount of time, and we needed to make the most of it. We just locked on as wanting to make this record, and it happened pretty quickly.”
DOGSTAR‘s upcoming album was produced by Dave Trumfio (WILCO, BUILT TO SPILL). “[Dave] understood where we were coming from,” said Mailhouse, “and worked really well with Bret, layering guitars and doing lots of different sounds and ambient things — things that weren’t just hard rock, in-your-face music, [but] a little more textural.”
DOGSTAR‘s upcoming LP will mark the group’s first collection of new music since their 2000 sophomore record “Happy Ending”.