Founding member and bassist of Autograph dies – Billboard

Founding Autograph member and bassist Randy Rand has died, the band confirmed on Wednesday (April 27). The ’80s glam metal band shared the news in an emotional statement posted on their official social media accounts, along with some details about the death of his friend.

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“It is with a heavy heart and heavy hearts to announce the unexpected passing of our dear friend and founding member of Autograph, Randy Rand,” the group wrote. “At the time of death, Randy was surrounded by the beautiful and infinite love of him, Regina Rand and her family.”

The statement continued: “Although more than devastated, we find some comfort and solace knowing that the last two years have been some of the happiest as an artist and as a performer. Randy was a consummate optimist and was very excited to see the new direction, creativity and renewed energy with the band. You could feel the excitement from him as he was quite palpable with his playing skills, performances and the way he interacted with his beloved fans.”

The group concluded their statement by saying that they “will continue to honor Randy Rand, as he would have us do, and honor our musical commitments and keep his legacy alive.”

Rand started out in the ’70s in California during the Sunset Strip era, then became an established and seasoned studio musician before forming Autograph in Pasadena in 1984 with Steve Plunkett (vocals), Keni Richards (drums), Steve Lynch ( guitarist) and Steven Ishram (keyboard). The band’s debut album, Sign In Please, arrived in October 1984 and spawned the band’s signature song, “Turn Up the Radio”, which peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album also peaked at number 29. on the Billboard 200 and enjoyed 29 weeks on the all-genre chart.

See the band’s statement in full below.