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Keanu Reeves explains how he once trolled fans at a metal festival with his old band Dogstar


Prior to the major fame he achieved with the lead role in The Matrix, actor Keanu Reeves played bass in an alternative rock band called Dogstar.

The band was created by a chance meeting between Robert Mailhouse and Reeves in a supermarket. Mailhouse, who would go on to become the drummer of Dogstar, was wearing a Detroit Red Wings hockey and Reeves asked him if the team needed a goalkeeper. The two developed a friendship, began playing music together and, ultimately, formed the band.

“You know, we started in a garage, and then you end up starting to write songs, and then you’re like ‘Let’s go out and play them!’, and then you’re like ‘Let’s go on tour!’, and then…you’re playing,” Reeves once said in an interview with Jimmy Fallon.

Now, reflecting on his time in the band, Reeves explained in an interview with GQ how Dogstar decided to get their own back on a particular unwelcoming crowd in Milwaukee.

“We played Milwaukee Metal Fest. Got killed. I think we played close to [New York hardcore-punk band] Murphy’s Law. Imagine,” Reeves explained.

Not about to take the booing lightly, the band went on the attack: “So we played a Grateful Dead cover, at Milwaukee Metal Fest.”

“We were like, ‘They hate us. What are we doing here? What can we do? Let’s do the Grateful Dead cover,’ ” Reeves said while laughing. “They were just like, Fuck you, you suck. I had the biggest grin on my face, man.”