Ron Keel (KEEL, IRONHORSE, STEELER), Terry Ilous (XYZ), Kelly Keeling (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, BLUE MURDER, BATON ROUGE, GEORGE LYNCH), Charlie Wayne (BULLETBOYS, HAWK, KEEL & WAYNE), and renowned guitarist JK Northrup (KING KOBRA, XYZ, PAUL SHORTINO) are among the artists that will be participating in an all-star acoustic show that be hitting the road this summer as part of a package aptly titled the "Acoustic Outcasts". Danny Vaughn (TYKETTO, WAYSTED) will also be a special guest when the tour kicks off in Nashville on July 28.
All of these artists have all done acoustic shows and tours in the past and are well seasoned at delivering their hits in this manner. KEEL & WAYNE have been on a cross-country acoustic tour since February; Keeling has done a series of solo acoustic performances; Terry Ilous and JK Northrup did an entire sold-out acoustic tour opening for guitar legend Michael Schenker.
"I love this format, because it gives the voices and songs a chance to shine in their own right," says Ron Keel. "The response to our KEEL & WAYNE acoustic tour has been extremely positive. It felt like the time was right to raise the bar and bring some good friends on board; I worked with Terry last year at the Rock 4 Xmas event in New York, and knew he'd be perfect for this package. Kelly is an amazing singer and musician with a diverse track record, and we go back a long way…Charlie and I have had a great time with out KEEL & WAYNE acoustic shows, so it was time to join forces with some other 'outcasts' and attempt to bring all this talent together into one event."
The script for these shows is not your typical concert, and there is no 'headliner' or "opening acts" — the performance will be a constant revolution as the guys take turns playing and singing together, individually, and in various combinations, backing each other up throughout the night on the songs. After the 75-minute opening segment, there will be a 45-minute intermission, when fans can hang out with the guys, and get autographs, photos, and merchandise and watch a video compilation of the artists' clips. Then the show will resume, and climaxes with all of the guys on stage together backing each other up on hits like "The Right To Rock", "Inside Out", "Smooth Up In Ya", and many more.
"Acoustic Outcasts" tour dates:
Jul. 28 - Nashville, TN @ The Sutler
Jul. 29-30 - Columbus, OH @ Cadillac Jack’s
Aug. 02 – Put-in-Bay, OH @ The Boathouse
Aug. 03 – Erie, PN @ Sherlock's
Aug. 04 – Columbus, OH @ CBR’s
Aug. 05 – Lancaster, OH @ Coach’s Corne
Aug. 06 – Dayton, OH @ Soft Rock Café