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Metal band Keel reunion tour in the works for 2009

By Jane Cohen & Bob Grossweiner

Since disbanding in 1989, glam/heavy metal band Keel has decided to get back together and is marking its 25th anniversary with a reunion that will take the 80s’ rockers to a select number of festivals and showcase dates in 2009. The concerts mark the first time in 20 years that the band will perform again.

"It would not have been right without these guys,” said founder and lead singer Ron Keel, in a statement. “With the high volume of requests for the band to reunite, the members felt the time is right to deliver the show fans everywhere have been demanding: a Keel reunion."

Formed in 1984, Keel’s 1985 “The Right To Rock,” became the fastest-selling debut in A&M Record’s history, selling more than 2 million albums, and the band was named Best New Band by Metal Edge and Circus magazines. The title track became an anthem for the metal genre.

As one of the genre’s most engaging live acts, Keel toured with heavyweights Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Van Halen, among others.

Ron Keel, guitarists Marc Ferrari and Bryan Jay, drummer Dwain Miller, and new bassist Geno Arce, plan to perform all the band's hits during the reunion tour, which will launch in Hollywood, CA on January 31 at Club Vodka at The Knitting Factory.

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