PRYOR, OK–On Monday, January 26, Ron Keel announced on “Eddie Trunk Live” on Sirius/XM Radio that the KEEL Reunion was confirmed for a prime slot on the Main Stage at the Third Annual Rocklahoma, taking place July 9-12, 2009 in Pryor, Oklahoma.
KEEL, the band that delivered “The Right to Rock” and became the fastest selling debut album in A&M Record’s history and whose title track was a hit on radio and MTV and remains a staple on VH-1 Classic is back for their Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Reunion performing and recording together for the first time in twenty years. Ron Keel, along with guitarists Marc Ferrari and Bryan Jay, drummer Dwain Miller and bassist Geno Arce will be performing all of the hits including “Because The Night,” “Somebody’s Waiting,” “Rock N Roll Outlaw,” “Tears of Fire,” that helped to make KEEL one of the eighties premier bands. KEEL sold over two million albums and was proclaimed Best New Band by Metal Edge Magazine, Circus Magazine and Rock Scene
In 1985, “The Right To Rock” became the fastest-selling debut album in A&M Record’s history. The title track was a hit on radio & MTV and remains a staple on VH1 Classic, in addition to the group’s subsequent hits “Tears Of Fire”, “Because The Night,” “Somebody’s Waiting”, and “Rock & Roll Outlaw”. They developed a reputation as one of the genre’s most entertaining live acts, opening for heavyweights like Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Van Halen, and many others. KEEL sold over 2 million albums and was proclaimed Best New Band by Metal Edge
Magazine, Circus Magazine, and Rock Scene.
“We are so proud to have such a prestigious spot on the Rocklahoma bill,” Ron states. “This festival is the big one that started it all and was certainly one of our goals when we reunited. We can promise you when KEEL hits the stage we are going to pack twenty years worth of energy and sweat into our one hour show!”
In addition to KEEL, the organizers of Rocklahoma are proud to announce in a rare appearance the return of KIX, including frontman Steve Whiteman, guitarists Ronnie Younkins and Brian “Damage” Forsythe, drummer Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant and bassist Mark Schenker all of whom will be performing on the Main Stage.
Catch the Fever Festival’s Operations Director Dave Giencke said, “KIX was one of the favorites that Rocklahoma fans witnessed and with an overwhelming support wanted KIX back for 2009.”
KIX was founded in 1978 in Hagerstown, Maryland and signed with Atlantic Records in 1981. KIX released 7 albums over seventeen years including the platinum selling “Blow My Fuse” in 1988. KIX disbanded in 1995 only to remerge a couple years ago playing only a handful of select dates.
In what is only their fourth show (outside their home territory of the Northeast) in nearly 14 years, KIX states they are looking forward to returning to the Rocklahoma stage to reaffirm their ability deliver a great rock and roll show. KIX’s set will feature many of their biggest hits including “Midnight Dynamite”, “Cold Blood”, “Sex”, “Yeah Yeah Yeah”, and their massive power ballad hit and MTV favorite “Don’t Close Your Eyes”.
Rocklahoma is one of the largest Rock Festival of its type featuring music from the eighties. Attendance has come from all fifty states and six out of seven continents.
Both Playboy and Rolling Stone in 2008 called Rocklahoma one of the top festivals that should not be missed.
In the upcoming weeks, the entire lineup including the headliners will be announced.
Catch The Fever Festival Grounds is located four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma and has 6,200 assigned and numbered seats, as well as general admission on the lawn for over 50,000 people. The grounds also feature over 4,000 campsites, on-site parking, bathroom facilities, a convenience store, Rocklahoma also has a Picture Alley that allows anyone in attendance to approach the stage during any performance and take photographs of a favorite artist at close range.
Rocklahoma offers a one-day and four-day general admission passes, along with V.I.P. Passes that includes all the food and drink you want for all four days.
The public can also order tickets online at www.feverfest.com or charge by phone at 1-866-310-2288.
People are encouraged to go to www.feverfest.com for more information.