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TONY HAWK & KEANU REEVES Discuss Pro Skater Soundtrack

Published / Tue 9 Jul 2024

TONY HAWK & KEANU REEVES Discusses Pro Skater Soundtrack

Photo: TONY HAWK & KEANU REEVES Discusses Pro Skater Soundtrack  /  Credit: Hawk vs Wolf Podcast

On a recent episode of Tony Hawk’s Hawk vs Wolf Podcast, actor and musician Keanu Reeves appeared with his band Dogstar (Watch Below) to discuss various music-related topics, including the iconic soundtrack for Hawk’s video game series, Pro Skater.

During the conversation, Reeves congratulated Hawk on the upcoming 25th anniversary of the first instalment of the game and inquired about his favourite skating band from the early days. Hawk responded with;

“Favorite band — and everything kinda follows — is Gang of Four. Everything kinda surrounds that.”

Tony Hawk Talks Pro Skater Soundtrack

Hawk then elaborated on the creation of the Pro Skater soundtrack, providing some historical context.

Music was just a huge part of skating, especially in the formative years of the ‘70s and ‘80s. So, when I got to do a game, I wanted to represent the culture, including music. So, I just was throwing bands that I listened to growing up. They were easy to get.

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When asked by Dogstar’s Robert Mailhouse if he ever skated without music, Hawk shared;

It was just [playing over] the intercom of the skate parks. They were mostly playing K-Rock… K-Rock was that sound. Rodney on the ROQ, that was one of the first vinyl I ever bought.”

So, that was my contribution to the game in terms of the old school music. Then, they had their own pretty robust music department to get newer bands at the time, the stuff that people associate with [the Pro Skater series], like Goldfinger, Powerman 5000, Fu Manchu, stuff like that.

The episode also featured discussions with Dogstar about the band’s origin, their music, and live performances.

Meanwhile, Dogstar released their first new album in 20 years, Somewhere Between the Power Lines and Palm Trees, last year. They are set to embark on a 2024 North American tour in September, with stops in cities including Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, and Maricopa, Arizona, wrapping up on September 21st.

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