MICHAEL RAND has been in working in the music industry for over 25 years. He is the former Co-Owner of booking agency Ashley Talent International Inc. and Partner with Paradise Artists Inc. (Motor City). He is also the Co-Founder of the annual Rock Never Stops Tour (USA), as well as New World Disorder Tour (USA).
He started in his hometown of Detroit booking and managing his friends in the Billboard Top Ten band RHYTHM CORPS. The band was a key player in the vibrant Detroit alternative music scene of the 1980’s. Their career highlights included Top Ten spins on MTV, multiple sell outs of the 1100 capacity St. Andrews Hall, a 55 city tour with PAT BENETAR. He managed the careers of RHYTHM CORPS (Epic), KID ROCK (Lava/Atlantic), THE ATOMIC FIREBALLS (Lava/Atlantic), BLUE OCTOBER (Universal) and several others.
Michael has been the Responsible Booking Agent for GIN BLOSSOMS, SOPHIE B. HAWKINS, BLUE OCTOBER, TAPROOT, SEVEN MARY THREE, SPONGE, DAYS OF THE NEW, THE KNACK, SPIN DOCTORS, PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IAN HUNTER OF MOTT THE HOOPLE, ADEMA, CRUD, KILL DEVIL HILL, FRIJID PINK, HANSEL UND GRETYL, SISTER MACHINE GUN, RUDY PARRIS (THE VOICE) and many more.
He and his associates have booked complete nationwide tours for QUEEN with PAUL RODGERS, TED NUGENT, WHITE SNAKE, VINCE NEIL OF MOTLEY CRUE, CINDERELLA, ADEMA, NASHVILLE PUSSY, QUIET RIOT, MICHAEL SCHENKER, WARRANT, RATT, QUIET RIOT, GREEN JELLY, GRAVITY KILLS, SPONGE, SLAUGHTER, JACKYL, WASP, FIREHOUSE, UFO,LA GUNS and many more.
He recalls one of his first tours with the band Top Ten College Radio band SISTER MACHINE GUN(TVT) and GRAVITY KILLS(TVT). The tour was an amazing nearly continuous 357 shows in 17 months with multiple coast to coast treks in both USA and Canada.
Michael Rand is a specialist in Artist Development. He single handedly developed the careers of several Artists from unknown obscurity to successful major label signings, with significant recording and publishing contracts. His unique ability to efficiently guide Artist’s careers has resulted in his clients being signed directly by the Presidents and CEOs of major record labels / major music groups and publishing companies including UNIVERSAL MUSIC, ATLANTIC RECORDS, LAVA, EMI, and WARNER BROS. For undiscovered Artists like BLUE OCTOBER, SISTER SOLEIL, and THE ATOMIC FIREBALLS.
Michael has spent his life working as an Artist advocate, placing then unknown Artists like EMINEN and INSANE CLOWN POSSE on some of their first support appearances and too many more to mention.
Partial list of Nationwide Package Tours developed and produced by Michael Rand and associates include:
2010 - 66 shows - Parental Advisory Tour
NASHVILLE PUSSY, GREEN JELLY, PSYCHOSTICK
2006 - 67 shows - Rock Never Stops Tour
CINDERELLA, RATT, QUIET RIOT, FIREHOUSE
2004 - 35 shows - Rock Never Stops Tour
VINCE NEIL, RATT, SLAUGHTER
2003 – 40 shows - Rock Never Stops Tour
WHITESNAKE, WARRANT, SLAUGHTER, KIP WINGER
2002 - 40 shows - Rock Never Stops Tour
TESLA, VINCE NEIL, JACKYL, SKID ROW
2002 - 35 shows - New World Disorder Tour
GIN BLOSSOMS, SPIN DOCTORS,SEVEN MARY THREE, SPONGE
2001 - 35 shows Voices of Metal Tour
VINCE NEIL, RATT, SLAUGHTER, VIXEN
2001 – 18 shows - The Reboot Tour
MARK FARNER, EDGAR WINTER, URIAH HEEP
1999 - 40 shows - Rock Never Stops Tour
TED NUGENT, NIGHTRANGER, QUIET RIOT, SLAUGHTER
1998 - 38 shows - Rock Never Stops Tour WARRANT, QUIET RIOT, SLAUGHTER, FIREHOUSE, LA GUNS
2014 - SPONGE placed on the 40 shows - Summerland Tour with EVERCLEAR, LIVE, FILTER
2011 - 2012 - 67 shows KILL DEVIL HILL - USA and Canada
Pollstar Article: http://www.pollstar.com/news_article.aspx?ID=806116
Billboard Article: New World Disorder Tour: https://books.google.com/books?id=9QsEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA16&ots=EEwWBFSIa4&dq=new%20world%20disorder%20tour%20gin%20blossoms&pg=PA16#v=onepage&q=new%20world%20disorder%20tour%20gin%20blossoms&f=true
Billboard Article: Rock Never Stops Tour: https://books.google.com/books?id=oxQEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA14&dq=billboard+rock+never+stops&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qpE9VaruB5LBgwS0iYHYBQ&ved=0CCAQuwUwAA#v=onepage&q=billboard%20rock%20never%20stops&f=false