KEEL at IJsselhal, Zwolle, The Netherlands – 3rd of May 1986
Ron Keel moved from Tennessee to Los Angeles with his band Steeler, which later on featured Yngwie Malmsteen. The band released their self-titled album on Mike Varney’s Shrapnel Records. After the termination of Steeler, Keel formed a new band and simply called it KEEL. Their debut “Lay Down the Law (1984)” was released on Varney’s record label just a few months prior to their signing with Gold Mountain Records.
The band was spotted by Gene Simmons (Kiss) who, later on produced two of KEEL's albums: “The Right to Rock (1985)” and “The Final Frontier (1986)”. During the interview tour to promote the release of “The Right to Rock”, Ron Keel stated that it was always one of his dreams to tour Europe. This dream at last became true and the band supported Dio during their European leg of the “Sacred Heart” tour. KEEL was impressive and showed their talent and the chops to put down a good show.