RON KEEL BAND's video for the title track of its new album, "Fight Like A Band", can be seen below. The disc hit stores March 1 via EMP Label Group's EMP Outlaw imprint. The collection features 11 brand-new songs and fresh recordings of KEEL classics.
"This album is really about the struggle to survive and succeed," Ron Keel explains, "and this song reflects that with a classic hard rock anthem feel. 'Girls Like Me' will be a great follow-up single and summertime party song — but we felt it was important to come out swinging with 'Fight Like A Band' leading the charge."
Says EMP head of A&R/operations Thom Hazaert: "This is a tough, gritty performance clip that really displays the band's attitude and character. It's obvious these guys have a chip on their shoulder and something to prove."
The video and single coincide with the beginning of RON KEEL BAND's summer touring season, which kicks off at Keelfest in Columbus, Ohio on May 10, featuring not only RON KEEL BAND but the classic KEEL lineup and a STEELER reunion that includes bassist Rik Fox and guitar hero Mitch Perry. Appearances at festivals, fairs and bike events in nine states include Hot Harley Nights on July 13 with NIGHT RANGER.
Keel's 35-year odyssey as an entertainer has taken him from the concrete jungle of arena rock to the dirt roads of country and southern rock, and back again. KEEL's legendary major label debut, "The Right To Rock", was produced by KISS's Gene Simmons, and the band went on to notch three albums on Billboard's Hot 100.
After selling millions of albums and touring the world as both a metal screamer (KEEL, STEELER, and a brief encounter with BLACK SABBATH) and an outlaw country artist, he has combined those elements into a powerful brand as the "metal cowboy."
In addition to Keel, RON KEEL BAND features lead guitarist Dave "DC" Cothern, bassist El Diablo (a.k.a. Geno Arce, also a longtime member of KEEL and other Ron Keel projects), Jeff "The Rev" Koller on drums and keyboardist Dakota Scott Schmitt (the latter two are both members of the South Dakota Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame). They have been together for four years — starting out as the house band for Sioux Falls entertainment complex Badlands Pawn. During that era, they toured heavily on their own and with Midwest legends HAIRBALL, and backed up other singers like Paul Stanley, Jack Blades, Kip Winger, Mark Slaughter, Don Dokken, and Stephen Pearcy — and for a 2016 Sioux Falls performance they did a set of covers mixed with MEGADETH hits with EMP founder David Ellefson.
Says Ellefson: "I've known Ron Keel for many years — obviously, there's deep connections all the way back to the earliest days of STEELER and MEGADETH — and consider him a great friend. We reconnected a few years back, even had the chance to perform together a few times, and what he was doing was a really natural fit for EMP. Before you knew it, we had created EMP Outlaw, and a wonderful new alliance was formed. Ron is truly one of the greats, and it's such an honor to partner with him to release this music."
Ron Keel Band - Fight Like A Band
Check out the EMP Label Group World Premiere of "FIGHT LIKE A BAND", the brand new video from the legendary Ron Keel Band!!! The killer title track from the album FIGHT LIKE A BAND, in stores now from EMP Label Group!!Posted by EMP Label Group on Monday, April 22, 2019