Somewhere back in time, when the calendar marked year 1984, an American band made its first appearance in the Hard Rock scene simply called KEEL, the surname of their tall and dominant frontman/singer Ron Keel. Their debut LP, “Lay Down The Law” managed to reach the fans’ ears while the “The Right To Rock” follow-up shook the ground since it was not only a fabulous album but it benefited from the production of Gene Simmons (of KISS fame), resulting in sky high sales and KEEL becoming the prime artist for their A&M label. And this was the beginning…
Opening slots for MOTLEY CRUE, AEROSMITH, BON JOVI and VAN HALEN plus a non-stop radio airplay raised the band’s reputation even more with exceeding 2,000,000 sales and a “best new band” 1985 award from that time’s mags (e.g. Hit Parade and Metal Edge). Both “The Final Frontier” (1986) and “Keel” (1987) preserved the standards for the band but by 1990 KEEL had dissolved, as many many others did due to the fans’ new interests in Rock music.
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the “The Right To Rock”’s original release date, Ron Keel put his current country Rock worx on ice and assembled the band again with Marc Ferrari (guitars), Brian Jay (guitars) and Dwain Miller (drums), called Gino Arce (bass) to join in and got themselves on the road, inked deal with premier label Frontiers Records, agreed on the “The Right To Rock” luxury re-release and – of course – have a new album ready called “Streets Of Rock ‘n’ Roll”. Believe me, you’ll never think even one day has passed since the good ol’ times!
Here we do not only have a regular comeback for the old to remember and the young to learn; we witness a typhoon of fantastic ass-kicking Hard Rock songs having the guts to turn the hell on for even the most serene listener. The self-title opening track, “Hit The Ground Running”, “Come Hell Or High Water”, “Push & Pull”, “No More Lonely Nights” (the album’s attraction), “The Devil May Care”, “Looking For A Good Time”, “Gimme That”, “Hold Steady”, “Live”, “Brothers In Blood”…songs not written every day, with the Ferrari/Jay duo spitting six-string fire along with Ron Keel’s warm voice (has not reduced even a little of his throat value); the wonderful “Does Anybody Believe” ballad will tug your heartstrings, too.
Tried a lot to find – after listening to this new KEEL album many times in a row – possible weak moments but every time I listen to each song for one more time I find it even more beautiful, my mood grows better and I really hope this songlist shall remain a ‘classic’ one in my conscience; they anyway seem to have been penned back in the golden 80s. These guys know how to deal with the things that matter in music, without making you feel bored, with a great doze of straightforwardness in their musical profile, capable of making us reach the sky. To cut a long story short, I can feel “Streets Of Rock ‘n’ Roll” will be among this year’s Top releases worldwide; will not fear but give this CD the ultimate grade, hoping KEEL will be around for more magnificent albums.Keep on the good work guys!
Streets Of Rock & Roll
Hit The Ground Running
Come Hell Or High Water
Push & Pull
Does Anybody Believe
No More Lonely Nights
The Devil May Care (But I Don’t)
Lookin’ For A Good Time
Brothers In Blood
Ron Keel - Vocals Marc Ferrari - Guitars Brian Jay - Guitars Geno Arce - Bass Dwayn Miller - Drums