Ron Keel Talks Keelfest, The Live The Rock CD, Hunting Halford, And Burying The Hatchet With Yngwie 3/9/2023



Ron Keel’s professional career started in 1983 with his band Steeler (featuring a very young Yngwie Malmsteen on guitar), and kicked into high gear when his namesake band Keel signed to A&M Records in 1984 and went on to sell more than 2 million records. Over the years, Ron has been recruited as the singer for Black Sabbath, he has been produced and mentored by Gene Simmons of KISS, has toured with some of the legends of rock and roll, had multiple bands and radio programs, and now has his very own entertainment company called RFK Media, where he is mentoring and promoting great new rock and roll bands like The Fifth and Crashing Wayward.

This interview took place as Ron was preparing for Keelfest II on March 18, 2023 at Bowie’s in Nashville, where fans will see Steeler play a set of music, along with Keel, The Ron Keel Band, The Fifth, and Crashing Wayward. Ron took the time to talk to us about everything from his beginnings with Yngwie Malmsteen and Steeler, to playing in front of 70,000 or 80,000 people at Texxas Jam ’86. Hear his stories and his thoughts about the music business, fans, bands, and family. Please enjoy listening to one of the smartest and nicest guys in the business, Ron Keel.




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