Former STEELER / KEEL & current IronHorse vocalist
Quick Flash w/ Ron Keel
Ron Keel talks
FIB MUSIC: What have you been up to lately, what's in the future?
with Full in Bloom Music about his latest cd release, "Alone at Last"
Same insanity, different year....I have created a situation for myself that keeps me extremely busy, by expanding my
horizons. I have a new CD out, and in 2006 I am doing a lot of solo acoustic shows, hard rock gigs with the
new Ron Keel Band, some big concerts and events with my band IronHorse, and for the first time since 1999, some
Ronnie Lee Keel country gigs in Las Vegas and beyond.
FIB MUSIC: Tell us a little about your latest release.
Ron Keel: The new CD is a solo acoustic album entitled "Alone At Last". It's actually the
first-ever 'Ron Keel' CD, and it contains new acoustic versions of some of my favorite songs from throughout my career. Let
me say right off, even though this is an acoustic album it is by no means mellow - songs like "Private Lies", "Die Fighting",
"Give Me All Your Love Tonight", "Here Today Gone Tomorrow", and others are really screaming and very powerful even in this format. Each
era of my career is represented, from STEELER to KEEL to Fair Game, Saber Tiger, IronHorse, Ronnie Lee Keel, and a new song
called "Hillbilly Heavy Metal Rock N Roll Soul", which really brings together all those styles of music mentioned in the song's
FIB MUSIC: Where was it recorded?
Ron Keel: As so many artists are doing these days, I recorded this album at home using
a Tascam 2488 digital studio, my Dean acoustic guitars, an old piano, Morley Stereo Chorus/Volume & Wah Wah pedals, a
microphone, various percussion instruments, and nothing else. Oh, and my famous Ford pickup truck makes a guest appearance
on "Haunted Saloon"...
FIB MUSIC: Does anyone else play on the cd?
Ron Keel: No one. Hence the title, "Alone At Last". This was a long-time dream of mine, to
carry an entire album with just my voice, my music, and my songs, and an incredible challenge. There are some songs I would
have liked to include such as "Tears Of Fire", "Because The Night", and others, but I wanted to keep this release
to songs I had written myself or co-written.
FIB MUSIC: Will you be touring for the latest release?
Ron Keel: I already am - I started out opening for Y&T in Colorado and Nevada, and will be
doing solo acoustic shows across the country this year, not only to promote the new CD but to keep doing what I love to do -
FIB MUSIC: Where can people purchase "Alone at Last"?
Ron Keel: The easiest way is to visit RONKEEL.COM - we're still building the additional
distribution networks and getting it into some stores and other on-line distributors. And of course it's available at all my
FIB MUSIC: Any word on the re-release of Lay Down the Law, how is that going?
Ron Keel: I know the digital re-mastering has been done, and I hope to announce an
official release date soon.
FIB MUSIC: Any other KEEL news, or re-releases on the front, such as Final
Frontier, or the self-titled release? It looks like a bunch of
bootlegs have been showing up on Ebay, or someone ran into a
Ron Keel: Yes, a European label has taken it upon themselves to bootleg those
albums. My best way to combat that is to offer these albums for download at WWW.RONKEEL.COM for only $13.50 each.
FIB MUSIC: Still hoping for a reunion...any chance of that happening?
Ron Keel: Never say never.......in the meantime, I have assembled a killer all-star rock band, and we
recently made our debut in Las Vegas to a great response, so hopefully fans everywhere will get to see me perform the KEEL
classics with a full band. KEEL guitarist Bryan Jay is a single parent with a business to run, so he is not available to tour
with KEEL, and the rest of us are hesitant to proceed without him. For the past 16 years, I have refused to put another band
behind me and call it KEEL, and I'd like to stay strong on that stance. I miss those guys and would love to do a KEEL reunion
tour, but no matter what band is behind me you're going to get a kick ass show with Ron Keel belting out "The Right To Rock" and
all your other KEEL favorites.
FIB MUSIC: What's in the future for Ron Keel?
Ron Keel: More of the same. Keep on entertaining people as long as they want me to, and
entertaining myself along the way. I've been one lucky son of a bitch, and there are a lot of good people that seem to
enjoy what I do, and as long as they've got a smile on their face I'll be singing to 'em.
Thanks for the update Ron. The Quick Flash interview is only offered to those who have done the historic interview with our site, which
Ron was cool enough to do.
Visit Ron Keel at My Space to hear a track from his
Make sure to read our interview with
Keel / Steeler vocalist Ron Keel and our interviews with
Keel / Cold Sweat guitarist Marc Ferrari
Steeler bassist Rik Fox
Search Fibits for Keel & Steeler cd's
Other Recommended Music:
Steeler Self-titled CD
Keel Larger Than Live CD
Keel The Right to Rock cd
Malice, License to Kill Cd
TNT, CD, Intuition
Vain, No Respect, CD