|Birth name||Ron Keel|
|Also known as||Ronnie Lee Keel|
K2 Featuring Ron Keel
Ron Keel started his music career with a Tennessee-based band known as Lust. He came to Los Angeles with his band Steeler, which later on featured Yngwie Malmsteen, Rik Fox and Mark Edwards. Steeler became one of many of L.A.'s '80's rock acts who could not withstand the test of time. Malmsteen was the first to leave, opting to play with the band Alcatrazz (featuring Graham Bonnet) before achieving success with his own band. However, Steeler was able to record one self-titled album, released in 1983 on Shrapnel Records. At one point, Steeler had the highest selling independent record of all-time for Shrapnel.
After the demise of Steeler, Ron formed a new band and simply called it Keel. The band secured a record deal with Gold Mountain / A&M Records. From 1984 to 1989, Keel toured the world and sold 2 million records. KISS vocalist/bassist Gene Simmons produced two of Keel's albums: The Right to Rock and The Final Frontier. The band regrouped in 2008 and toured to celebrate their 25th anniversary.
In 1990, Ron formed the band "Fair Game", a project Keel fronted with four female backup musicians. Although the band played gigs they never got beyond the demo stage. Two of the songs recorded by the band were featured on the soundtrack to the movie Bad Channels. Their complete recording sessions finally emerged in 2000 on the Metal Mayhem label billed as 'Beauty & The Beast'.
After Fair Game folded, Keel moved to Nashville and took up a country music career, performing as "Ronnie Lee Keel" and releasing an album entitled 'Western Country'.
Ron returned to the heavy metal music scene in 1997, when he collaborated with Japanese guitarist Akihito Kinoshita on “Project One”, the major label debut album from Kinoshita’s band Saber Tiger.
In 2000, Ron formed IronHorse, which mixed country with hard rock. He left the band in 2007 to focus on other aspects of his career. He also performed as part of a Brooks & Dunn tribute band in the Country Superstars Tribute at the Fitz Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Prior to reforming Keel, Ron formed a band in 2008 called K2 Featuring Ron Keel, which performed many of the songs throughout his career.
Ron currently resides in the Las Vegas, Nevada area. He remains active with Keel and tours with them, but also has a number of musical projects going on in the Vegas Valley. Amongst these are a "Las Vegas Stripped" open mic night (which has been held at various venues around the valley in recent years, often with special guests), and his new country group, the aptly-named Cowboy Band. He also occasionally performs acoustic shows at Joe's Crab Shack restaurants in the area. He now hosts the Streets of Rock and Roll radio show, as well as a TV series of the same name that airs in the Vegas Valley.
- Lay Down the Law (1984)
- The Right to Rock (1985)
- The Final Frontier (1986)
- Keel (1987)
- Larger Than Live (1989)
- Keel VI: Back in Action (1998)
- Streets of Rock & Roll (2010)
- Beauty and the Beast (1991)
- IronHorse (2001)
- Bring it on (2004)
- Alone at Last (2006)
- The Ultimate Collection (2007)
- The Ultimate Video Collection (DVD, 2007)
- Lick It Up: A Millennium Tribute to Kiss (2008)
- "Lick It Up" (with Richard Kendrick)
- Ron Keel Official Site
- Keel Official Site
- Historical Interview with Ron Keel
- History of Keel w/ Marc Ferrari