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This article is about the American band, for the German band see Steeler (German band), for the team see Pittsburgh Steelers, for other uses defining the worker see Steel worker (disambiguation).
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Heavy metal, glam metal, hard rock
Years active 1981–1984
Labels Shrapnel Records
Associated acts Keel
Die Happy
Past members Yngwie Malmsteen
Ron Keel
Michael Dunigan
Tim Morrison
Bobby Eva
Mark Edwards
Rik Fox
Mitch Perry
Kurt James
Greg Chaisson
Bobby Marks

Steeler was an early 1980s American heavy metal band from Nashville. Band members included: Ron Keel on vocals and guitar, Michael Dunigan on lead guitar, Bobby Eva on drums and Tim Morrison on bass. In 1982, they released the single "Cold Day in Hell".

Eva left the band after a short while and was replaced by drummer Mark Edwards. This new line-up did not last long and released no albums or singles.

Soon, Dunigan and Morrison left Steeler and were replaced by Rik Fox on bass and an 19 year old Swedish guitarist, Yngwie Malmsteen. The new line-up released the band's first album, Steeler, it saw moderate commercial success and is now a sought after album for many fans of Malmsteen and Keel. Malmsteen subsequently left and was replaced by Mitch Perry.

The final line-up of Steeler saw the departure of Perry, Fox and Edwards who were all replaced by Kurt James on lead guitar, Greg Chaisson on bass and Bobby Marks on drums. This line-up also released no albums or singles. Due to constant change in band members, Steeler never got the major record label it required and Keel decided to split up the band and start a new project.

During Steeler's short time in the world of Heavy Metal, the band became quite popular in LA and even performed to some sold out venues.

In 2005 a compilation album with songs from the single, album, live show bootlegs and unreleased tracks was released. This album was titled 'Metal Generation: The Steeler Anthology.'


Steeler's self-titled debut is considered[by whom?] 'groundbreaking'. Much of the themes, style and structure of the music would go on to dominate towards the late 80s. The futuristic guitar work was also incredibly[weasel words] important in bringing Shred guitar to prominence.

Ron Keel later formed his own project, Keel, with moderate commercial success later in the 1980s.

Yngwie Malmsteen was also lead guitarist for the band Alcatrazz, including Graham Bonnett (vocals), Gary Shea (bass), Jan Uvena (drums) and Jimmy Waldo (keyboards). They released one album under this lineup ("No Parole From Rock N' Roll") and a live release, "Live Sentence". Later, Malmsteen began his solo project, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, which went on to produce numerous albums with a considerably[weasel words] increased commercial success.

Bassist Rik Fox reminisces:

Steeler was one of those 'groundbreaking' bands of the 1980s Sunset Strip. We were lucky and fortunate to be in that particular place in time and history, look at the awesome results that we left behind! But it was the songs that made it happen, and...the FANS!

Thanks for keeping the faith.[1]

There is a misprint vinyl where side B has the label for a band called Christian Death.[citation needed]





  1. ^ Youtube - Steeler - Backseat Driver