Why Keanu Reeves was once booed backstage

Hollywood has seen various actors step away from the big screen and into other artistic endeavors. From Johnny Depp’s painting projects to Maya Hawke’s music career, it’s not uncommon for celebrities to have multiple talents and passions. Another actor who hasn’t limited himself to acting? Keanu Reeves. Yes, in 1991 the “Matrix” star formed a band called Dogstar, in which Reeves was the bass player. It all started with a supermarket run-in between Reeves and actor Robert Mailhouse, who became Dogstar’s drummer, per GQ. As Reeves once explained, they played “like folk music” or “folk thrash” per Mental Floss.

However, there was one key difference that set Reeves apart from other popular musicians and actors. To say his band didn’t get critical acclaim would be an understatement. But thanks to Reeve’s involvement with the group, Dogstar was still the talk of the town. And though the band was torn apart by critics and audiences, Reeves maintained an upbeat outlook on his music career. In the 1990s, Dogstar literally took a hit.

The Dogstar crowd didn’t hold back at the Milwaukee Metal Fest

Although best known for his acting roles, Keanu Reeves once attracted fans with his short-lived stint in the music industry. In the 1990s, Reeves toured with his band Dogstar via Mental Floss. At the Milwaukee Metal Fest, the band didn’t sit well with the other acts. And the audience didn’t shy away from showing the group what they really thought of the quality of the music. You guessed it – Dogstar was booed. Reeves revealed that the concert-goers actually threw beers at her. Reflecting on his band, Reeves admitted to GQ, “I think it would have helped if our band had been better.”

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Reeves elaborated on the memorable experience, telling GQ: “I think we played close [belligerent New York hardcore-punk legends] Murphys Law. Introduce. So we played a cover of the Grateful Dead at Milwaukee Metal Fest.” Describing the negative reaction from the audience, he recalled, “We were like, ‘They hate us. What are we doing here? What can we do? Let’s do the Grateful Dead cover. They just said: fuck you, you suck. I had the biggest grin on my face man.”

Dogstar has been slammed on more than one occasion

Since Dogstar was clearly panned by critics and concert-goers, why were people rushing to see the band perform? Well, Keanu Reeves’ was a hot commodity back then. After all, Dogstar’s performance at the 1999 Glastonbury Festival came just months after the release of The Matrix – a cult film that increased Reeves’ fame, per Far Out.

However, the Reeves name was not enough to ensure the band’s success. According to Far Out, the Glastonbury crowd were underwhelmed by the band’s performance, to say the least. The crowd was reportedly unhappy as Reeves didn’t speak to them much. Finally, concert-goers threw fruit at the musician and his bandmates. Needless to say, the set didn’t exactly run smoothly. But Reeves was unaware of his band’s notoriety. In 1993 he said proudly: “We are terrible. We’ve played about ten times now and although we’re getting better, we’re playing better in a garage. But I say it’s better to regret something you did than regret something you didn’t do,” per GQ. Reeve’s experience with Dogstar literally sounds like bananas.

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