In Memoriam: Randy Rand (1959 – 2022)

Randy Rand, bassist for hair-metal band Autograph, has died aged 62.

The rocker, who played on their hit Turn Up The Radio, has passed away, the band confirmed via Instagram. “Although beyond devastated, we find some comfort and solace knowing the last couple of years have been some of his happiest as an artist and as a performer. Randy was the consummate optimist and was so excited to see the new direction, creativity and renewed energy with the band. You could feel his excitement – as it was quite palpable with his playing abilities, performances, and the way he interacted with his beloved fans.”

The former bassist began a career in leather-making, establishing an international importing/exporting shop that sold his own hand-crafted leather products, and even working with Harley Davidson for a time. According to Autograph’s now-defunct “Turn Up the Web!” website, he had a daughter named Sterling Knight who has become a relatively well-known model in Italy.

Autograph is an American glam metal band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1984, best known for their hair metal anthem “Turn Up the Radio”. The song was their only top-40 hit, making them a one-hit wonder.