Back in February Ron Keel was on tour in Australia. Mark Diggins of the Australian webzine ‘The Rockpit’ caught up with the Metal Cowboy to talk about the tour, the history and the RON KEEL BAND.
Ron Keel is a Hard Rocking legend. Starting out with Tennessee-based ‘Lust’ he soon came to prominence first with Steeler (which at one point featured Yngwie Malmsteen) and then ‘Keel’ who toured the world at the peak of Hard Rock’s popularity from 1984 to 1989. But he’s never stopped rocking, and last year with the Ron Keel Band might even have produced his best album yet in ‘Fight Like A Band.’ We caught up with Ron ahead of his trip down-under for the Melodic Rock Fest.
Mark: well great news! Ron Keel finally making it to Australia can you believe it?
Ron: I cannot believe it, this is a dream come true for me. If you had told me Mark in 1985, when ‘The Right To Rock’ came out, my first major label release. If you had told me 35 years from now you’ll be doing your first ever tour of Australia I’d think you were crazy. For a couple of reasons – first of all I’d be thinking I’m probably not going to live another 35 years, and second of all I’d be thinking if I do It’s not going to take me that long to get to Australia and bring ‘The Right to Rock’ to our fans over there. But man, better late than never, we got there eventually and I am super excited about this Melodic Rock Fest event, and the club tour leading up to it.
Mark: I actually met you once briefly on the Monsters of Rock Cruise in 2015, I was hanging out at one of the ‘meet and greets’ with my mate Derek and the guys from Babylon A.D. and just watching how you interacted with the fans and put them at the center of everything was so cool.
Ron: Cool, so we go back along way! You’ll have to put the photo up! I’m glad you and I have got to share some of those experiences over the years – at the Hammersmith Odeon, Rocklahoma and the Monsters of Rock Cruise and I am going to see you at least at one of these shows right? You’ll be at the Melodic Rock Fest?