From that first Steeler album to the brand-new release “Fight Like A Band” from the EMP Label Group, Ron Keel’s 35-year career in entertainment has taken him from the concrete jungles of arena rock to the dirt roads of country music. Along the way, he has sold millions of albums and toured the world as both a heavy metal screamer (KEEL, Steeler, and a brief encounter with Black Sabbath) and a southern rock/outlaw country artist (with dozens of songs in major films and TV shows). Ron’s solo album METAL COWBOY combined both genres, establishing a style and a persona which captures the heart and personality of this self-proclaimed rock n’ roll outlaw.
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. 2019 tour dates included the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, KEELFEST (featuring Keel, Ron Keel Band, and Steeler), casinos, fairs and festivals stateside, the KISS & Rock N Roll Expo in Helsinki, Finland, plus major bike events like the Sturgis Rally and Hot Harley Nights (with Night Ranger); 2020 appearances include the Monsters Of Rock Cruise and Melodic Rock Fest in Melbourne, Australia.
After nearly three years hosting the “Streets of Rock & Roll” rock-and-talk syndicated radio show, Keel 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. Due to an extensive 2019 touring schedule he’s now back on the “Streets Of Rock N Roll” Saturday nights at 9 PM Central on Sunny Radio 93.3 FM Sioux Falls, with additional weekly broadcasts on PureRockRadio.net, UncontrolledNoize.com, 97Underground, Philly Rock Radio and RockRageRadio.com.
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 has worked hard to remain ahead of the curve, constantly re-inventing himself and evolving with the changes in the entertainment industry. His most recent venture is at http://patreon.com/ronkeel, where fans pay a monthly subscription fee and get all access to exclusive content and personal fan experiences.