Steve Lynch reveals two Autograph members suing deceased bassist Randy Rand’s widow

Steve Lynch reveals two Autograph members suing deceased bassist Randy Rand’s widow

Former Autograph guitarist Steve Lynch has revealed that his now deceased bandmate Randy Rand‘s widow Regina Rand is being sued by Autograph members Simon Daniels (lead vocals and guitar) and Marc Wieland (drums).

Lynch formed Autograph back in 1983 along with Steve Plunkett (lead vocals), Rand (bass), Steve Isham (keyboards) and Keni Richards (drums). The group disbanded in 1989 before Lynch and Rand reformed the band along with Richards and Daniels. Richards was quickly let go from the band and Wieland took his place in 2014. In July 2019, Lynch announced that he was leaving Autograph to explore new musical ideas with the love of his life. Rand, Daniels and Wieland decided to forge ahead with new guitarist Jimi Bell (House of Lords).

Rand passed away at the age of 70 back in April 2022. At that time, Autograph had already signed a deal with record label Frontiers Music Srl to release a new studio album.  In early June 2022, the remaining Autograph members announced that they would forge ahead and release their new album in September 2022, which would feature Rand on bass guitar.

At that time, Rand‘s widow Regina Rand appeared supportive of Autograph releasing their new album as evidenced by this comment she posted on Autograph‘s Facebook page 30 weeks ago:

Randy Rand would be so excited about ALice adding Get off your ass !!! And I know he was excited about this album! He played it everyday for 3 to 5 hours!!!!!!! He would even wake up and play in his robe !!!!!!”

In late November 2022, Lynch revealed that he was being sued (as a defendant) by Daniels and Wieland (as plaintiffs) over the trademark rights for the Autograph name.

The following message was posted on Lynch‘s Facebook page earlier today:

“Hello Everyone,

A new low has been hit.

The “coverband”, under Daniel Simoni and Marc Weiland have now sued the beloved widow of Randy Rand, as they attempt to hijack the original trademark while claiming to our fans that future gigs and a CD are dedicated to his legacy.

This was never about honoring Randy Rand, and this repulsive action makes it very clear, this smoke screen has been lifted. To sue Regina Rand, especially as she is still grieving over the tragedy of losing her beloved husband, is unforgivable. If Randy were here today, rest assured, there would be hell to pay.

The level of low could not be set any lower. There’s a Les Brown quote that sums it up perfectly:

“…people FAIL in life not because they aim too high and miss but they aim too LOW and HIT”

Bullseye.

I remain confident, committed, and transparent in litigating this matter to bring home the true legacy that Randy and the original members started with Autograph, and to bring Regina the peace and comfort she seeks and deserves.

Yours sincerely,

Steve

One of the photos included with Lynch‘s Facebook page indicates that the plaintiffs (Daniels and Wieland) are crossclaiming against Lynch and Regina Rand for breach of contract. The court document alleges that Lynch entered an oral agreement that Daniels and Wieland would be part owners of the Autograph trademark at least for live performances. The court document also alleges that Regina Rand promised to indemnify Daniels and Wieland against any claims regarding breach of contract and trademark “because f theToyeond” album” [the latter portion in brackets appears to be a typo].