WELCOME TO THE ONLINE HEADQUARTERS OF RON KEEL
You're starting to see "FINAL (______) SHOW" in some of the promotions for upcoming gigs. I will offer a complete explanation in an upcoming interview premiering in March. My intention is to tour heavily deep into 2025.
I want to play, and there's no place I won't go. There's only two ways to do it: either you (or your agent) chase the gigs, or the gigs come to you.
I am self-managed. I am, for the most part, self-booked as well. 98% of the shows you see on our schedule were booked by me. The major agencies rarely work with an act below the $10,000 per night range because the commission doesn't justify the workload. The small agents don't have the juice to book an act on the level of Ron Keel Band because we just can't work for $3000.00. The legacy agents, such as Bigg Time Inc. (Sullivan Bigg was entirely responsible for the KEEL reunion 2008-2023 that resurrected my career) cannot seem to get past the fact that Ron Keel Band is a celebration of music from throughout my career, not just an 80's nostalgia show.
Few agents actually chase gigs for you - if you're on the roster with all their other acts, then you're just another item on the menu - a chicken breast competing with a cheeseburger, and the talent buyer will choose which item they're hungry for.
Figure the cost of travel for 6 (either airfare or per diem for long drive days) plus payroll (ALL my band and crew get paid for every show we do - the lead singer does NOT always get paid), fuel, hotels, and other expenses all factor in to our bottom line price. This is why I do so many so acoustic shows - it's much more affordable for the buyer, and it's still a show that I'm very proud of.
I spend a LOT of time chasing gigs, reaching out to venues and events, making pitches, and very few of these ever materialize into a contracts. We have a great presentation on the BOOKING page here on this web site. ALL reasonable offers are considered and I will do whatever I can to seal a deal.
Our company RFK Media does not own these properties and their distribution is out of our control. Those two albums, originally released on MCA Records, are now owned by Universal Music (which bought out MCA a long time ago). We have been through years of legal red tape trying to navigate this jungle. And these master recordings are truly "property" - we've been able to either recover or retain our rights to certain albums, and whenever possible RFK Media will acquire and reissue those titles. These two very popular KEEL albums are not on the market and unavailable to us all.