Ron Keel probably credits Steeler’s “Serenade” as the first good song that he wrote
Keel, Steeler and Ron Keel Band frontman Ron Keel was recently interviewed by Mark Rockpit for The Rockpit in advance of the upcoming MelodicRock Fest, which is taking place in Melbourne, Australia from March 6 to 8, 2020.
Ron Keel was asked whether he remembered the first song that he wrote to which he replied: “(laughs) I do, I do remember the first song I ever wrote, it had two chords (laughs) it was a love song, a cheesy ballad love song and I think I was fourteen. By that time I had started writing songs and playing guitar for real and trying to express my thoughts and feelings was hard because I was a drummer. I started out playing drums – I thought guitar was way too difficult for a guy like me and I loved beating on stuff! I was the lead singer and the drummer in my first bands when I was a teenager and I started to hear these songs in my head. And the songwriter in me tried to tell the guys in the band what I was thinking and hearing and I couldn’t communicate that without actually picking up the guitar and learning to play it properly. And you know my song writing has gone through a lot of evolution through the past forty plus years. And as I went from that first song to some of the first good songs that I wrote which I believe was in my time in Steeler in the early 80’s when I started to write songs like ‘Serenade’ and ‘Cold Day In Hell’.”
In terms of whether “Serenade” will be in his setlist when he plays MelodicRock Fest, Ron Keel indicated: “No, ‘Serenade’ is definitely in the show, I love doing that song, and I probably do credit that with being the first good song that I wrote, what was it the summer of 1981 maybe? And I still do it live, I put it on my acoustic album, and I think that it has stood the test of time, and I’m glad to bring that song and the emotion behind it to the stages of Australia.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Ron Keel at The Rockpit‘s website.
Ron Keel performing “Serenade” live at Skull Fest held at Sculley’s Shooters in North Platte, Nebraska on October 19, 2013: