Keanu Reeves Reveals The One Band He Listened To All Day Long

Brett Domrose, Rob Mailhouse, and Keanu Reeves sat down with Allison Hagendorf for her podcast and had a chat about their group Dogstar’s recent reunion, its past experiences like opening for David Bowie in 1995, and the group members’ musical influences. When Allison asked Keanu how did he decide to play, the John Wick actor mentioned the musicians and the bands that changed his perspective towards music:

“I always listened to the bass lines. The world changed, I had a girlfriend at the time who kind of changed my life musically, she introduced me to Joy Division, and I’d heard of The Ramones, New Order… Oh yeah, Cat Stevens…”

Keanu continued by explaining when and how he started playing bass:

“I went to the Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard when I was 22 years old and I got an Ibanez White Bass with a rosewood neck and took it home, and started doing that. I just wanted to learn how to play and I’ve done the same thing with riding motorcycles, I’ve always wanted to ride motorcycles so anyway I learned and I have no idea but I wanted to learn how to play bass.”

Allison asked whether it was bassist Peter Hook whom Reeves looked up to, he mentioned how he constantly listened to Joy Division:

“Yes, Joy Division all day. I mean just riffs, and playing chords, his playing in a way that he fits into a song was probably the most impactful kind of way that I play.”

Dogstar reunited after 20 years and performed at Napa Valley’s BottleRock Festival in May. In a separate interview, Keanu expressed his thoughts about reuniting with the following words:

“I missed playing together, I missed writing together, I missed doing shows together. It’s something I’ve always missed. 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.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.