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It seems that everyone in the music business has a unique story of how they broke into the industry, but no one can say they had a hand - or two - in rock `n' roll history quite like Dot Stein. Known as the "rock `n' roll masseuse", famously known as Dr. Dot, has tended to the musical elite for nearly three decades. The Connecticut native, aka Dr. Dot - a nickname given to Stein by Frank Zappa in 1988 - is a self-described "rock chick" who, as a teenager, wanted to meet her musical heroes, but without trading sexual favors. To get backstage, she would offer massages, which she had been perfecting since she was 5 years old. Her hippie parents were only 17 when she was born and massage and music were a family ritual. Dr. Dot was raised on rock and roll and massage.

"I chose massage rather than the usual groupie route," says Dr. Dot. "I wanted to hang out with the Rock stars; I wanted to know what they were like. I wanted to meet the people who wrote the lyrics to the music I loved so much" (for example, she has met: Paul McCartney, Frank Zappa, Roger Waters- all Dr. Dot's mentors).

After building a reputation as an amazing massage therapist (some call her the Pit Bull of Massage as her hands are THAT strong), in 1983, Dr. Dot began to follow one of her favorite groups on tour, the Grateful Dead. She's seen them over 300 times for free. Even during high school, all school breaks were spent either on Dead tour or a Ramones tour (that's another long story).

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"The Dead would always give me free tickets and passes in exchange for massages", she says. At one concert, she met a clothing vendor from Germany who she says looked exactly like John Lennon."I immediately fell in love with him," she says. Six months later, after becoming pregnant, Dr. Dot became determined to leave the rock lifestyle behind, and she moved to Germany to raise their daughter together. She lived in Berlin from 1989 to 2002 non stop and has since been going back and forth from Berlin to NYC, now that the little one has grown up. She massaged rock/popstars for free from 1983 to 1994, just to get into shows for free. Her hobby turned into her career. She has seen over 3,000 concerts for free, so, mission was more than accomplished.

Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones was her first paying client. He insisted she take money for the "amazing massage" and she's never looked back. Naturally she went to massage school and learned the trade properly but massaging backstage for 11 years for free, earned her priceless connections. The artists and their managers are not just clients, they are her friends. They KNOW they are in the best hands when Dr. Dot is on the case. Dr. Dot currently has over 500 "Dot Bots" on her team, world wide. Everyone on the team is certified, qualified and are dedicated to healing. Everyone hired has been auditioned to ensure quality. Dr Dot can not clone herself or be everywhere at the same time BUT she knows her team will treat her clients as good as she wold personally. She would put her hand in fire for her Dot Bots. One more thing: She lives for music.

In her own words


Dr. Dot
I am a Libra, born in Manchester, Ct, USA. My parents were both 17 when I was born and they were hippies, flower children, so to speak. They listened to the music of Janis Joplin, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and others. They taught me at a very early age to walk on their backs and massage their feet. At age five I already was busy walking on my families backs and showing off my tiny strong hands. Music and massage were very important to me already as a child. My parents brought me to many concerts, like Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, Melanie, etc.

As I became a teenager I still wanted to continue going to concerts but my parents were not so interested in concerts or supporting my habit of two to three concerts per week, anymore. I had clever ways to sneak into shows, for example taping two old concert-ticket stubs together and getting in or having people open the side doors from inside, etc.

I wanted to meet the musicians, not just be in the audience, so I came up with the idea to go early to the concert halls and ask the roadies, management and musicians if they wanted to trade back or feet massages for tickets and passes. This was obviously a good idea and my massage is through word of mouth, known to be the best massage around. Naturally I don't trade anymore, it's now my profession. Meet the lady who took her two passions (music and massage) and made an exciting career and book about it!

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I have seen over 3000 concerts in my life, so far. After about 500 I thought I should stop and become serious and studied photography at the University of New Hampshire. The Grateful Dead played three concerts in Hartford, CT on April 2nd, 3rd and 4th 1988. I couldn't resist, went and on the second day I met a boy who changed my whole life. A German who looks like John Lennon. So I quit the UNH, put all my belongings (once again) in storage and started yet another round with the Grateful Dead (I massaged the drummers on tour, so tickets were never a problem).

The German boy and I went on the Dead tour together. The rest is history, the German boy and I are still good friends. We share our beautiful daughter Jasmine and live close to each other since 1989 in Berlin, Germany where I'm famous for being Dr. Dot, Celebrity Masseuse and Confidant.

In 2002 I decided to move to NYC. I still have a flat in Berlin and have A LOT going on there, so I fly back and forth just about every other month. I am happy my Massage Team is growing, so if I can not personally massage my clients, one of my trusty, highly trained assistants can take care of them.I would put my hand in fire for each and every one of them and can guarantee high quality treatment from everyone on my team. I suggest to everyone to take your hobby and try and turn it into your career and you shall find true happiness and contentment, like I have. Live, Love, and Laugh.

 

Feedback:
  • “"The Dotbot, Chandra (San Diego) you had come out today, was amazing!"”
    NIghtwish TM Roger
  • “Please let Dr. Dot know that I am very happy with all of the Dot Bot's this summer.”
    Steve Miller
  • “"Thank you so much. Abby (Dallas DotBot) was amazing. All are very pleased."”
    Big Gigantic TM Katie
  • “"you KNOW I would only use your team Dot. We go back way. You're the best!"”
    Mitch; Production Manager Steely Dan
  • “Thanks. We've had a lot of the Dr. Dot's on various stops on the recent Staind tour. Thanks for the therapy!”
    Brian Wolk
  • “"She rules. Our favorite yet. Let's have her every time"”
    Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros TM Sam
  • “Thanks a lot for your help along the way!”
    Sherri - Production Coordinator (Mannheim Steamroller)
  • “"Heather (Seattle) was awesome...Pain is down from a 9 to about a 2 or 3. By far, one of the best massages I have ever gotten. As usual, you and your Bots rock!"”
    Van Halen Tour Management Mike. M
  • “The Dots we had rocked!”
    Christopher - Tour Manager (Bad Company)
  • “Hi Dot, FYI Danielle in Salt Lake City was amazing, she worked on my whole crew and band and everyone loved her. Thanks again Tony ”
    Tony, TM: Victoria Justice / Cobra
  • “Dr. Dot is a life saver on tour.”
    Rikki Rockett - Drummer of Poison
  • “"I love working with Dr. Dot's crew. They are really a pleasure to work with"”
    Casting Crowns Production mananager Jenn
  • “"You and your team ROCK!"”
    Fred, Maroon 5 Tour Manager
  • “Sheila E. is in love with your service. ”
    Joey F. Production manager Dave Koz Christmas tour
  • “"Hey Dot, All your "bots" we're great. No complaints, and a few were LOVED. JONNY particularly liked the girl in Thackerville OK (Kourtnii), she was strong enough to really reach Jon's tough back issues"”
    Experience Hendrix Tour Manger, Greg
  • “I just wanted to say thanks for another great tour. Your folks were, per usual, wonderful. You provide a great service, and I appreciate it.”
    Manager of Everlast
  • “Thank you for all the great therapy over the touring year. I appreciate your professional staff and look forward to working with them again soon.”
    Steve Miller
  • “I am very impressed with the Dr. Dot team! Your team is consistent, professional and give an outstanding massage. I like the idea that all Dot Bots are auditioned/tested before they get on the team.”
    Carl (Madness)
  • “Rachelle = no more muscle spasms…… You both are my heroes. The rest of the crew is complete agreement. Tom H”
    Three Dog Night TM Tom H.
  • “To Whom It May Concern: I have been touring for about 22 years with many different bands (Dave Matthews, Tracy Chapman, Primus, etc etc...) The masseuse I had today for The Weepies show at The State Room in SLC, Danielle, was perhaps one of the best I have ever had. Everything from her disposition to her skills. My entire band and crew adored her. I felt it was important to tell how amazing this woman was, and how she brightened our day. Best Regards, Brett Manager – The Weepies”
    Brett, Manager – The Weepies
  • “"Once again, Dr Dots comes thru! Thanks!"”
    Victor Wooten PM/TM Jack T.
  • “"Hi Dot, everyone was happy with their massage - so thumbs up! Thanks for arranging for us! Cheers, Yvette"”
    Bon Jovi TMA Yvette
  • “"Thank u for great service."”
    Chris Daughtry TM Alan
  • “"Very pleased with the service, cheers Dot"”
    Overtones Tour manager
  • “Clay Hutson Production Manager, Stage Manager, Rigger, Monitor Engineer & More! I have been using Dr. Dots "DotBots" for years. Her girls have seen many of the artists and crew that I have TM/PM'd for. Her girls are always on time, friendly, and professional. You need to make time and room on your tour for Dr. Dot's services. By far the best in the business.”
    Clay Hutson Production Manager (Guns and Roses, Alice in Chains, Staind)
  • “"Dr. Dot really is just the best and saves me so much time hunting for (good) massage therapists for whole mornings!"”
    Sarah, the Wombats
  • “"Service has been very good on this tour. Hanne in Munich was great."”
    Jason Mraz tour manager Matt S.
  • “"Thanks for sorting today. Dan ( Dan Haggis (drums, percussion, keyboard and backing vocals) said it was one of the best massage's he's ever had. S." ”
    Wombats Manager
  • “Dear Dr Dot, Thank you for setting up Therapists along the way of our tour. THAT was a huge help to Band/Crew to keep them feeling better and fit! Thank you! Brad ”
    Johnny Lang Tour manager Brad
  • “Dr. Dot always has the best massage therapists.”
    Johnny - Bass Player (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)

 

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