Ron Keel OFFICIAL BIO

UPDATED DECEMBER 2017

2018 marks Ron Keel’s 35th anniversary as a major recording artist. From that first Steeler album to the brand-new Ron Keel Band release by the EMP Label Group, his career in entertainment has taken him from the concrete jungles of arena rock to the dirt roads of country music.

While selling millions of albums and touring the world as both a heavy metal screamer (KEEL, Steeler, and a brief encounter with Black Sabbath) and a country music artist, Ron’s solo album “Metal Cowboy” combines both genres, establishing a style and a persona which captures the heart and personality of this self-proclaimed rock n’ roll outlaw.

2018 starts out with the official “Reloaded” edition of that disc released by EMP Outlaw, a special imprint created by label founder David Ellefson to showcase this brand of music; the reissue will be a totally remixed and remastered package featuring bonus tracks. They’ll follow that up in May with “Fight Like A Band,” the first album from the Ron Keel Band, featuring new original music as well as new versions of classics from throughout Keel’s career like “The Right To Rock” and “Tears Of Fire.”

Keel’s legendary major label debut album “The Right To Rock” was produced by KISS’ Gene Simmons – they went on to notch three albums on Billboard’s Hot 100 as well as MTV and radio hits “The Right To Rock,” “Because The Night,” “Tears Of Fire,” “Somebody’s Waiting,” and “Rock N Roll Outlaw.” Opening shows for Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Dio and many more established a hard work ethic that remains strong today; in recent years Keel has become a staple on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise events, played the M3 Festival twice, headlined a 2018 performances and events include the Monsters of Rock Cruise, the Atlanta KISS Expo, arenas, festivals and casino showrooms plus major bike events like the Sturgis Rally.

After nearly three years hosting the “Streets of Rock & Roll” rock-and-talk syndicated radio show, making the transition to a daily rock jock was the next step in Keel’s career. He was handpicked to join a dream team of Midwest rock radio royalty on KBAD 94.5 FM, where Ron’s “Mid Day Mayhem” show skyrocketed to the top of the Neilson ratings for that region.

As a songwriter, Ron has dozens of TV and film credits – major movies like “Men In Black II,” “Dolphin Tale,” “The Messengers” and many more – and his songs have been featured in hit TV shows like “X-Files,” “Desperate Housewives,” “The Simpsons,” “King Of The Hill,” and the Daytona 500 broadcast.

 

Ron Keel’s official autobiography “Even Keel: Life On The Streets Of Rock & Roll” was published in 2014. National Rock Review says this about it:

 “Ultimately, this book is more a story of drive and persistence than ‘just’ a Sunset Strip rock book. It’s a lesson in survival. Of being humble and doing everything it takes to achieve what you love to do. You’ll buy the book for its nostalgia. You’ll finish it feeling you can do anything you set your mind to.”

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FAST FACTS:

  • 1.5 million YouTube views 
  • Lead vocalist for million-selling rockers Keel – multiple albums charted in Billboard’s Hot 100 - Recording Artist for A&M Records, MCA Records, Frontiers Records, Universal Music and EMP Label Group – the band most recently released “Streets Of Rock & Roll” in conjunction with “The Right To Rock: 25th Anniversary Edition” produced by Gene Simmons of KISS
  • Signed to EMP Label Group – “Metal Cowboy: RELOADED” and Ron Keel Band “Fight Like A Band” both releasing in 2018
  • Official Autobiography “EVEN KEEL: Life On The Streets Of Rock & Roll” released in 2014
  • 2018 confirmed concert appearances include the Monsters of Rock Cruise, Atlanta KISS Expo, Sturgis Bike Rally, and fairs/festivals/arenas/casinos nationwide
  • Toured with/opened for Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Dio, Chris LeDoux, Queensryche, Dokken, Great White, Cinderella, Tesla, many more
  • Former #1 rated DJ on KBAD 94.5 FM, the #1 rock station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Host of the “Streets of Rock & Roll” radio show syndicated worldwide on 50 FM/AM/internet affiliate stations and networks
  • Teaching/Coaching/Counseling credentials include the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy and multiple Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp sessions
  • Music producer and creative consultant for the acclaimed documentary film “Hair I Go Again” released in 2016
  • 50+ album discography – Rock, Heavy Metal, Country, Motion Picture Soundtracks and Guest Appearances
  • 2009 - present: KEEL featured at major festivals including Rocklahoma, M3 (2009, 2014), MidWest RockFest, South Texas Rock Festival, Monsters of Rock Cruise appearances (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018) – and 2011 headline tour of Europe
  • Music featured in motion pictures & television include: “Men In Black II,” "Dolphin Tale," "The Messengers," "Chill Factor," "A Thousand Acres," “Desperate Housewives,” “X-Files,” “Raising Hope,” "The Simpsons"
  • 1996 Winner: “Album Of The Year” (Western Country) & “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Country Music Clubs of America
  • 1985 KEEL awarded as “Best New Band” - Metal Edge, Hit Parader Magazine, and Circus Magazine
  • Ron Keel endorses, uses, and promotes quality instruments and products such as Dean guitars, Rock-N-Roll Gangstar Apparel, Peavey amps, Electro Voice microphones, RnR RockWear, Ultimate Ears in-ear monitors, In-Tune guitar picks, Kyser musical products, Brunner’s Metal Wear, and Pic Stik pick holders.

 

  • Featured in books such as “Tales From The Stage Volume 1” (author: Michael Toney), “Pro Secrets Of Heavy Rock Singing” (author: Bill Martin), “Black Sabbath: Never Say Die” (author: Garry Sharpe-Young), and many reference books related to metal and hard rock 

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