News – RON KEEL ‘Metal Cowboy: Reloaded’

KEEL frontman RON KEEL (Steeler) will have his 2014 solo album Metal Cowboy re-released as Metal Cowboy: Reloaded via EMP Outlaw/EMP Label Group on April 6, 2018 in Europe.

METAL COWBOY RELOADED features remixed and remastered versions of the tracks from the original independent release, including fan favorites “Just Like Tennessee” and “What Would Skynyrd Do?”.


1. My Bad
2. The Last Ride
3. Just Like Tennessee
4. Dead Man Rockin’
5. What Would Skynyrd Do
6. Singers Hookers & Thieves
7. Wild Forever
8. The Cowboy Road
9. When Love Goes Down
10. Evil Wicked Mean & Nasty
11. Long Gone Bad
12. Three Chord Drinkin’ Song (Live in Studio)
13. My Bad (Radio Version)

After a storied career that began as lead vocalist for Steeler, which would also go on to include guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, and selling millions of records under his eponymous KEEL with classic albums THE RIGHT TO ROCK and THE FINAL FRONTIER (both produced by KISS’ Gene Simmons), Keel veered off into brave new territory with the decidedly Southern Rock/Outlaw Country feel of METAL COWBOY.

Originally released in 2014, METAL COWBOY was a bold new direction for Keel, pulling strongly from the playbook of Country and Southern Rock, while maintaining the powerful Rock edge and unmistakable powerhouse vocals Keel is known for. While Keel had some success in Country and Southern Rock after the dissolution of KEEL (who reunited in 2008), METAL COWBOY definitively established Keel’s musical identity, although its genesis had far deeper roots.

“We (KEEL) recorded a version of ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw’ for Penelope Spheeris for the DUDES Movie Soundtrack that also features Megadeth, W.A.S.P., Steve Vai, and Jane’s Addiction. It ended up being a great cult film and I’d love it even if I wasn’t in it. That really was the genesis of the Metal Cowboy – ‘Outlaw’ became my signature song, and ended up featured in the movie twice!”

Keel go on to form RON KEEL BAND, with a new powerhouse band featuring the best players the Midwest has to offer. While sticking to the earthy Southern charms of METAL COWBOY, RKB showcases a new, rich musical fabric for Keel and his bandmates.

Ron Keel Band:

Ron Keel – Lead Vocals/Guitar
DC Cothern – Lead Guitar/Vocals
El Diablo – Bass/Vocals
The Rev – Drums/Vocals
Dakota Scott – Keyboards/Vocals


Austin Gold UK tour date

MAR. 2018

Thu 22nd          PETERBOROUGH ACOUSTIC NIGHT St. Johns Church, Cathedral Sq. 8pm

Thu 29th           LONDON                  Dublin Castle, Camden                       8pm

APRIL 2018

Sat 28th            CAMBRIDGE          Junction 2

MAY 2018

Fri 11th             WHITLEY BAY       Playhouse                    (supporting KING KING)

Sat. 12th           CLITHEROE            The Grand Venue       (supporting KING KING)

JUNE 2018

Sat 2nd             SOUTH WALES      Viking Festival

Thu 21st           BILSTON                  Robin 2                       (supporting Steve Gibbons)

JULY 2018

Sat 14th            OUNDLE                   Festival

Sun 22nd          NORTHAMPTON   Sixfields Festival

Thur 26th        CAMBRIDGE          Rock Festival

Sat 28th            PETERBOROUGH Key Theatre SOLD OUT

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FIVE GRAND STEREO tour dates & new single ‘Anyone Can Be a Star’

LONDON 28 March, The Islington – buy on night
LEICESTER 7 April, The Musician* –
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DUBLIN 10 April, Grand Social – buy tickets
LIMERICK – 11 April, Dolan’s (Kasbah) – buy tickets

* Supporting The Della Grants
The new single ‘Anyone Can Be A Star’ is out now

BRIAN WILSON brings Pet Sounds to Cropredy 2018

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2018 is proud to announce that headlining our festival this year we welcome the legendary Brian Wilson.

Brian WilsinA Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement, Brian Wilson is one of popular music’s most revered figures, the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history.

In 1966 Brian produced three landmark records, recordings that changed the course of popular music.

The first was Pet Sounds. Universally acclaimed for its ambition and sophistication, Pet Sounds is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential albums of all time. Primarily working with a new collaborator, lyricist and songwriter Tony Asher, Wilson produced a masterpiece that still stands at number 2 in the Rolling Stone ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list, only beaten to the top spot by The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper.

Pet Sounds featured four hit singles; a reworking of the folk standard Sloop John B, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Caroline No and God Only Knows. The latter was released as a solo single under Brian’s name and is considered by many (including Paul McCartney) as one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded.

And the good news is that Brian and his band will be performing Pet Sounds (and more!) for us this August!

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KIM WILDE’s new single ‘Kandy Krush’

Following the declaration of intent of lead single ‘Pop Don’t Stop’ Kim Wilde releases the thrill ride of raucous second single ‘Kandy Krush’.

‘Pop Don’t Stop’ was playlisted on BBC Radio 2, declared “a huge pop anthem” by the Express and a “pop wrecking ball that’s about to smash its way through your brain” by Popjustice and included the prescient lyrics “The seasons come and go again and what was old is new again.”

Kim Wilde’s return to recording isn’t a comeback, but it does mark a fresh start in the iconic singer’s extraordinary career. Proud of her past, but focused on the future, Kim has never stopped singing or selling out tours – she has played more shows in the past decade than ever before, finding fans in countries she never dreamed she’d visit and turning new generations on to her songs – such huge hits as ‘Kids In America’, ‘Chequered Love’, ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ and ‘Cambodia’.

Named after a real-life Close Encounter that occurred in Kim’s back garden in 2009, ‘Here Come The Aliens’ contains 12 tracks of swagger and sweetness that delve in to disco, new wave, electro and glam rock, but are really just smart, stylish, arms-aloft pop. From the slinky, stomp-along opener 1969 and the electro monster ‘Stereo Shot’ to the shimmering ballad ‘Solstice’, the addictive, riff-drenched ‘A Different Story’ and the boisterous ‘Birthday’, ‘Here Come The Aliens’ pairs Kim’s trademark lust for life with the strongest set of songs of her nearly 40 year career.

Vocally, Kim has never sounded better, the result of a hectic gig and festival schedule that has taken Kim and her six-strong band around the world for the past decade, playing not only her classic ‘80s tracks, but the hits she has continued to enjoy throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Asia up to the present day. In fact, it’s in Britain where Kim has been off the road the most.

“I’ve played more in the past 15 years than I did in the first two decades of my career,” says Kim, the UK’s most successful female pop star of the 80s, whose early tours included opening for David Bowie and Michael Jackson. “My band and I have headlined several tours abroad, but this is the first one for almost 30 years at home. But I’ve had fantastic experiences here touring with Rewind and Let’s Rock so our fans know that they have a very special place in my heart. I cannot wait to see them all up close and personal.”

A true family affair, ‘Here Come The Aliens’ was largely co-written by Kim and Ricky (who produced the record) and also features her niece Scarlett, who has played in the band for a decade and sings and songwrites on the album. The multi-talented Scarlett is also responsible for the album’s phenomenal artwork.

Here Come The Aliens tracklisting
1 -1969 – written by Kim Wilde & Ricky Wilde.
2 – Pop Don’t Stop (duet with Ricky Wilde) – written by Kim, Ricky & Scarlett Wilde.
3 – Kandy Krush – written by Kim, Ricky, Frederick Thomander & Anders Wikström (‘Epicentre’).
4 – Stereo Shot – written by Ricky & Scarlett Wilde.
5 – Yours Til The End – written by Ricky Wilde & Neil Jones.
6 – Solstice – written by Kim, Ricky & Scarlett Wilde.
7 – Addicted To You – written by Sean J Vincent, Ricky, & Roxanne Wilde.
8 – Birthday – written by Ricky, Scarlett Wilde & Shane Lee.
9 – Cyber.Nation.War – written by Kim & Ricky.
10 – Different Story – written by Kim, Frederick Thomander & Anders Wikström (‘Epicentre’).
11 – Rock the Paradiso – written by Kim, Ricky & Scarlett Wilde.
12 – Rosetta (duet with Frida Sundemo) – written by Kim & Ricky.

Here Come The Aliens tour dates:
March 2018
30th Fri Ipswich Regent Theatre
31st Sat Southend Cliffs Pavilion
April 2018
2nd Mon Glasgow Old Fruit Market
4th Wed Bath The Forum
5th Thu Torquay Princess Theatre
6th Fri Yeovil Westlands
7th Sat Bournemouth The Pavilion Theatre
11th Wed Wrexham William Aston Hall
12th Thu Preston The Guildhall
13th Fri Sheffield Plug
15th Sun York Barbican
16th Mon Gateshead The Sage
19th Thu Halifax The Victoria Theatre
20th Fri Buxton Opera House
21st Sat Birmingham Town Hall
22nd Sun Salisbury City Hall
24th Tue Hastings The White Rock Theatre
26th Thu London Koko
30th Mon Salford The Lowry

New book on Jeff Lynne’s ELO

eloGenesis Publications presents: ‘Wembley or Bust’

Offering a rare insight into Jeff Lynne’s ELO and celebrating his musical vision, Wembley or Bust is an official 184-page book and 7″ vinyl set. Each numbered copy in the limited edition is individually signed by Jeff Lynne. Reserve your copy now and see never-before-seen photos from the magnificent show at Wembley Stadium!

‘When I wrote and recorded these songs originally, I never would have expected the fantastic audience response all these years later; it’s amazing.’ – Jeff Lynne

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