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RON KEEL On Possible STEELER Comeback – “2013 Will Be The 30th Anniversary Of That Album’s Release; I’d Like To Do Something Special To Mark That Milestone”

October 24th, 2011

KEEL frontman Ron Keel is featured in a new interview with discussing various chapters of his lengthy career. An excerpt is available below: 

Sleaze Roxx: What was it that led to you changing to country music in the mid ’90s?

Ron Keel: “You have to realize that in the end of the ’80s all the bands like us… like when grunge happened in 1991/92 we went from the top of the world to being slammed right in the fucking ground. We went from being gods of rock’n’roll to being a joke overnight — everybody, almost all of the bands hit the ground really, really hard. When I hit that ground I realized there was no more record deal, and had to sell the beach house and the sports car. What did I have left? I had my guitar and my voice. This was my way to avoid the drugs, it got really tough and I was able to express myself through that type of music and I was able to release my country music and that paid my bills and I expressed myself by being able to perform any music.”

Sleaze Roxx: Let’s go back in time to when you started STEELER. You recorded this legendary album in 1983, how do you explain that it would be one day become one of the biggest selling independent metal albums ever?

Ron Keel: “Of course you must have confidence and believe in what you do — my goals have never really changed. I just always wanted to be a rock star, make music, have fun, and make money! I’m very thankful for the success of the Steeler album because it launched my career and gave me the opportunity to put Keel together. The Steeler album, which was released in 1983, was part of the foundation of ’80s rock and has achieved a legendary status — and I’m very proud of that.”

Sleaze Roxx: What was the magic, in your opinion, of that album?

Ron Keel: “Well, it was my first album, and it was YNGWIE MALMSTEEN’s first album. The combination of my songs and voice — screaming metal vocals with powerful commercial rock riffs — and Yngwie’s classically influence guitar solos was a unique sound that inspired a generation of rockers.”

Sleaze Roxx: Is there any chance of Steeler coming back again?

Ron Keel: “There’s always a chance. 2013 will be the 30th Anniversary of that album’s release, and I’d like to do something special to mark that milestone.”

Click here for the complete interview.

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Yngwie Malmsteen – Presale Tickets and Very Limited VIP Packages Are Now Available For Fall Tour

July 21st, 2011

Presale tickets are now available for Yngwie Malmsteen’s 2011 Fall Tour! In addition to regular presale tickets, Malmsteen has decided to offer two VIP Packages! Buy your tickets now through the presale and you’ll pay less in service fees than the traditional outlets. These tickets and packages will sell out so get them while they last.


Yngwie Platinum VIP Packages are $1750 each & Include:

– 1 GA ticket

– 1 Hand-Signed Fender Stratocaster

– 1 Limited Edition Hand-Signed Yngwie 2011 Tour Poster

– 1 Yngwie 2011 Tour T-Shirt

– 1 Meet and Greet with Yngwie

– 1 Commemorative VIP Tour Laminate


3. Yngwie Gold VIP Packages are $350 each & Include:

– 1 GA Ticket

– 1 Limited Edition Hand-Signed Yngwie 2011 Tour Poster

– 1 Yngwie 2011 Tour T-shirt

– 1 Meet and Greet with Yngwie

– 1 Commemorative VIP Tour Laminate



Buy Tickets for Yngwie Malmsteen Here:


All Dates Listed Below:



10/13/11 New York, NY Irving Plaza

10/18/11 Montreal, QC Club Soda

10/19/11 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre

10/21/11 Chicago, IL House of Blues

10/23/11 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater

10/26/11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

10/28/11 Anaheim, CA House of Blues

10/29/11 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia

11/1/11 Houston, TX House of Blues

11/2/11 Dallas, TX House of Blues

11/5/11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution

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KEEL – Vocalist Ron Keel

November 16th, 2010




Keel is an American hard rock / metal band originally formed in 1984 in Los Angeles. The band is best known for their rock anthem "The Right to Rock" and their mid 80’s success albums THE RIGHT TO ROCK and FINAL FRONTIER which both were produced by KISS bassist Gene Simmons. Their classic lineup included vocalist Ron Keel, guitarists Marc Ferrari and Bryan Jay, bassist Kenny Chaisson and drummer Dwain Miller and they stayed together until 1988 when Ferrari and Jay decided to leave the group. The band replaced them with keyboardist Scott Warren and guitarist Tony Palmucci and managed to release one more album LARGER THAN LIVE before they slowly disbanded in late 1989. The classic lineup did a brief reunion in 1988 and released a collection of unreleased material under album title BACK IN ACTION but it wasn’t until 2008 before they made a decent return. The new Keel studio album STREETS OF ROCK’N ROLL saw the light of day in early 2010.  I had the pleasure to sit down with Ron Keel in Stockholm in September of 2010 and discuss the reunion, the future of Keel, and various other topics including Ron Keel’s other bands and projects: Fair Game, Iron Horse, Saber Tiger,  Ron’s country music years and working with Gene in the 80’s and… read on !


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October 22nd, 2010
Andy La Rocque

Andy La Rocque

KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque (pictured) has confirmed to that he has joined forces with past and present members of HAMMERFALL and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN to form and as-yet-unnamed supergroup.

Says Andy, “We are recording just a few songs to start with, just to see if there is interest in this thing.”

The lineup is as follow:

Magnus Rosén (bass – ex-Hammerfall)

Andy La Rocque (guitar – King Diamond)

Anders Johansson (drums – Hammerfall, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen)

Mats Olausson (keyboards, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen)

Mikael Ågren (vocals/guitar – ex-NOSTRADAMEUS)

The group will be working on the new songs at La Rocque’s Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden. Stay tuned for further updates.

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September 27th, 2010

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen


“Shred guitar” and “neo classical metal” are two phrases that have been commonplace in the world of heavy metal for decades by this point, but both can be attributed to the unmistakable work by Yngwie Malmsteen.

Ever since the early 1980’s, Yngwie has been pushing the limits of guitar, and influencing countless other players in the process.
And he continues to impress to this day, as evidenced by his forthcoming album, ‘Relentless,’ the highly anticipated follow-up to 2008’s critically acclaimed ‘Perpetual Flame’ (Yngwie’s first album for Rising Force Records).

The album is the second to feature ex-Judas Priest and ex-Iced Earth singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, and features over 60 minutes of incredibly complex, kick ass arrangements.

“This title truly is the right one for this album, explains Yngwie. “I mean, after all these years, some kind of force is driving me to create something that totally surpasses everything I’ve done before. I tried to capture the raw energy of a live performance, yet push myself to the most demanding level of playing and composing to harness that elusive magic that can’t just be switched on. All the way out, caution to the wind, but disciplined performances was what I went for. Maybe I did it too, check it out!”
Confirmed song titles for ‘Relentless’ include “Relentless,” “Look At You Now,” “Shot Across the Bow,” “Adagio B Minor Variation,” “Caged Animal,” “Critical Mass,” “Into Valhalla,” “Enemy Within,” and “Caprici Di Inferno.”

Bursting onto the scene with such classic releases as 1984’s ‘Rising Force,’ 1985’s ‘Marching Out,’ and 1986’s ‘Trilogy,’ Yngwie instantly made a name for himself, by recreating the spirit of celebrated composer/musician Niccolò Paganini, but within the realm of heavy metal guitar.
Soon, countless other guitarists were copying Yngwie’s style…but there is simply only one Yngwie. Yngwie’s career continued to thrive throughout the world, including such additional triumphs as his totally classical work for orchestra and solo electric guitar, ‘Concerto Suite,’ which proved once and for all that his classical credentials were genuine.
Yngwie continues to receive accolades worldwide, such as recently being selected as one Time Magazine’s “Top Ten Greatest Electric Guitar Players” (amongst the stellar company of Les Paul, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix).

A respected musician among both his peers and his fans, Yngwie continues to play and compose at a level of mastery that many career musicians only dream of. ‘Relentless’ is a must-have, which will appeal to all Yngwie fans and rock music fans alike. Prepare yourself for a ‘Relentless’ classical metal attack!


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Keel – Vocalist Ron Keel

December 4th, 2008



Interview by Lord of The Wasteland

Transcription by Sara "Speed Demon" Robbins

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Yngwie J. Malmsteen

October 5th, 2008



Interview Conducted By Robert Williams

Videography Courtesy Of Sandra Torres

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Joe Lynn Turner: solo artist, Brazen Abbot, ex- Rainbow, ex- Deep Purple, etc…

October 15th, 2007


Joe Lynn Turner’s recording career, spanning three full decades, is too impressive to be described in just a few sentences. He will, however, forever be first and foremost recognized as the man responsible for leading the legendary hard rock band Rainbow to it’s greatest commercial heights. Taking over the reigns from Graham Bonnet, who had only endured one album in the giant shoes left by Ronnie James Dio, Joe recorded three classic albums, DIFFICULT TO CURE in 1981, STRAIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES in 1982 and BENT OUT OF SHAPE in 1983. Before reuniting with Mr. Blackmore once again, this time at the helm of Deep Purple to record the SLAVES AND MASTERS album in 1989, Joe helped Yngwie Malmsteen craft his arguably best work to date, the ODYSSEY in 1988.Through the years Joe Lynn Turner has also released numerous well received solo albums and worked with many great bands such as Mother’s Army. In the past decade he has, among other things, worked with Nikolo Kotzev on five albums, Brazen Abbot’s EYE OF STORM in 1996, BAD RELIGION in 1997, GUILTY AS SIN in 2003 and MY RESURRECTION in 2005 as well as Nikolo Kotzev’s double album NOSTRADAMUS in 2001. He’s also released and toured several albums with fellow Deep Purple alumni Glenn Hughes. We hope that you enjoy this look into Joe’s career, past, present and future!


Interview by Marko Syrjala


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Yngwie Malmsteen

January 18th, 2007


Legendary Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen doesn’t need much of an introducion here. He is arguably the most technically accomplished hard rock guitarist to emerge during the ’80s and he has been an important influence and source of inspiration for many of today’s top players and bands. So far Yngwie has released thirteen studio albums and now he has been on tour almost 16 months supporting his latest release "Unleash the Fury".  Last December Yngwie and his band did a brief tour of Finland, which was the very last leg of this endless spectacle. The day before the Helsinki show he kindly agreed to do this press conference for the Finnish press. In contrast to his difficult personal reputation we were treated to  this long, fun and hilarious conversation. Here are the results, ENJOY !!!




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Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist)

September 4th, 2005

Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist)

Interviewed By EvilG

Back in 1998 when I learned that Mark Boals would be returning to Yngwie’s “Rising Force” band for the CD Alchemy, I was very excited. He had after all sang on what is perhaps the best Malmsteen CD, Trilogy! So out came Alchemy and to no surprise – I loved it…the best Yngwie CD to come along since Trilogy. Mark did the Alchemy tour and then began work on his own solo album. Partway through the recording, he was called in to do vocals on the new Yngwie CD, War To End All Wars. A slightly less exciting CD than Alchemy, but nonetheless godly (despite the strange sounding production)!! Right before the new tour was to begin I read a press release about Mark no longer being in the band…WTF?? Very shortly after this I was contacted by Mark with news of his new solo CD Ring of Fire. I quickly jumped on the chance to pick his brain about what happened and to get more information on his solo album. Below is the result of our Q-n-A session.

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Doogie White

August 29th, 2005
Doogie White



Scot Doogie White is currently the singer of Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force. He also has another band called Cornerstone and in addition he’s doing several projects here and there. In the past he has s been the singer of the legendary Rainbow and once he almost joined Iron Maiden and … Read the rest and learn! 

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Jeff Scott Soto

October 22nd, 2004

Interview With Jeff Scott Soto
“LOST IN TRANSLATION” is Jeff Scott Soto?s newest effort. It?s his third solo album in a very long career and I?ve got the chance to ask him questions about the new album and about his future plans amongst other things.

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