Ron Keel, the “Metal Cowboy,” has a new gig and you have to see this place to believe it!
Ron Keel of 80’s hair metal band, Keel, is playing with the Badlands House Band at Broken Spoke Saloon in Ormond Beach, just North of Daytona Beach.
Ron, the “Metal Cowboy” with a tattoo to prove it, is now in the house band for Badlands Pawn, the most unusual pawn shop/entertainment complex you will ever see. Badlands Pawn, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, boasts a 70,000 square foot facility. The complex will host not only the largest pawn shop in the Midwest but also an FM radio station, shooting range, a tattoo shop, deli, and even a speedway.
Badlands Pawn will truly be the Disneyland of pawn shops, as Keel refers to it. With “Gold, Guns, and Rock n Roll” as its mantra, there will be no other place like it. For the guitar player in the crowd, they will have a 300-guitar “carousel,” not unlike a dry cleaner rig, where a visitor can pick a guitar to try out on the million dollar stage right in the store.
Speaking of a million dollars, there will also be a cache of gold valued at one million dollars on display, a perfect place for you take a selfie. You can see gold and silver being melted down to create branded Badlands coins and bars in their very own mint.
The Badlands radio station will broadcast 24/7 from their studio inside the store. Through the glass walls, patrons can watch all the action including special guests as well as many rock star DJs running the show.
Recently, Paul Stanely of Kiss has become a shareholder in the business. “Sioux Falls has never seen anything like this,â€ said Stanley according to the Badlands website. â€œThe country has never seen anything like this. The first one is in Sioux Falls and it is a template for more to come. Itâ€™s very exciting to see and be a part of.”
Also, be on the lookout for the Badlands Pawn reality show in the works that should prove to be an exciting addition to the world of reality TV. The show will provide a birds’eye view to those of us who will not be able to visit this incredible place in person.
In addition to the Badlands House Band, the facility will host some of the biggest acts in rock. Badlands Pawn will also be the exclusive home of Hairball, the 80’s hair band ”tribute to everyone.” Hairball is on tour with the Badlands House Band promoting the complex.
The Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry grand opening is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day 2015.
The Badlands House Band, who refer to themselves as ‘post-apocalyptic warriors’, is made up of Ron Keel (vocals), Jeff Koller (drums), Geno Arce (bass), Dave Cothern (guitar), Steve Purcell (guitar), and Scott Schmitt (rock piano).
The band put on a dynamic show with Keel’s voice holding strong, belting out metal with a hint of country. The Badlands House Band play some of our classic favorites adding a metal twist to each. Tracks include “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” “Flirtin’ With Disaster,” “American Pie,” and “Born in the USA.” They will be touring South Dakota, Iowa, and Texas before coming back to the Daytona Beach area during Bike Week in March 2016.