| Michael Bland|
| Michael Bland|
| Michael B. (with The New Power Generation)|
March 14, 1969 (age 46) (1969-03-14)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Rock, pop, R&B, soul, funk, funk rock, funk metal, new wave, dance, psychedelic rock, hip hop
Drums, percussion, piano
Soul Asylum (Since 2004)
Graffiti Bridge, 3 Chains o' Gold
Tommy Barbarella, Dave Pirner, Dan Murphy, John Fields, Karl Mueller
Michael Bland Wikipedia
Michael Bland (born March 14, 1969) is best known as a drummer for Prince starting in 1989. He was with Prince during The New Power Generation era and played with him live and on albums for seven years.
From 1995 to 1997, Bland, along with Sonny Thompson, recorded and played live with French pop star France Gall—they appear on one studio album and two live albums.
In 2010, Bland became a member of Nick Jonas and the Administration (a side project of Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers) along with other former members of The New Power Generation, bass player Sonny T. and keyboardist Tommy Barbarella.
Bland was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from Minneapolis South High School in 1987. He still lives in Minneapolis, but plays in Los Angeles as a session drummer for such artists as Mandy Moore, Clay Aiken, Backstreet Boys, and the Anchorman soundtrack.
He played with Prince from 1989 to 1996, Paul Westerberg in 1996, Chaka Khan in 1997, and Maxwell 1998–2000. In 1997, he auditioned as drummer for the new Guns N' Roses lineup, however Josh Freese was hired instead
In 2000, he played in the Minneapolis project of French reed player Michel Portal (the rest of the band was Tony Hymas, Sonny T., Vernon Reid and Jef Lee Johnson). With Jef Lee Johnson and Sonny T., Michael Bland created News from the Jungle, which recorded one album for Universal, also produced by Jean Rochard. Both bands, Michel Portal's and News from the Jungle, toured in France (Paris Olympia). Bland also played on several tracks of the Michel Portal album Birdwatcher in 2006.
In 2005, Bland was the drummer for Paul Westerberg's tour, and he recently played on the Hurricane Katrina Relief telethon with the Dixie Chicks. Bland is also now working as a producer, currently working with the upcoming rock-pop band Catchpenny, also from Minneapolis.
He is the drummer on Soul Asylum's album The Silver Lining. He also tours with them.
Bland, with colleague and ex-NPG member Sonny T. (Thompson) teamed up with Prince once again to provide drumming for the title track of Prince's 3121 album.
Bland also played drums on Indigenous's 2006 album, Chasing the Sun.
In 2007 Bland & Thompson laid down the rhythmtracks for some tracks on Prince's 2007 CD 'Planet Earth'.
When not on tour, Bland can usually be found every Sunday and Monday night at the nightclub "Bunker's" in downtown Minneapolis performing with Dr. Mambo's Combo. Bland also performs in the area with pop/R&B band, The Rule.
During the fall of 2007 Michael Bland has been busy working on a release by his own protégé, Mayda, performing with her regularly in the Minneapolis area as well as recording a studio album. Her first release, the Stereotype EP, came out in 2007. Michael Bland continued working with Mayda and played on and produced a full-length album with her in 2009, titled The Interrogation.
In 2011, he produced Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter Taylor Baggott's album Pick Me Up, along with Ryan Liestman. Bland played his CD release show at The Dakota Jazz Club. He continued to work with Baggott, and helped develop his talent, songwriting and is currently helping him launch his career with a new album under the stage name, Taylor Robert.
Michael Bland was the drummer of the band Nick Jonas and The Administration. He is also rehearsing with The Peterson Family (which includes St. Paul Peterson, a former member of The Family, a Prince protégé band from 1985) as the Petersons prepare to go on an Australian tour in the summer of 2010.
He is also currently touring with Soul Asylum. He is their current drummer and plays on their new album: Change of Fortune.
In a 2016 tribute to Prince for The Pods & Sods Network, Michael shares memories about joining the New Power Generation, Prince as a bandleader, working in the studio and reflections about his time in Prince's band. Come, Prince and the New Power Generation, 1994
3 Chains o' Gold, Prince and the New Power Generation, 1994
Diamonds and Pearls, Prince and the New Power Generation
Crystal Ball, Prince
Chaos and Disorder, Prince
The Gold Experience, Prince
CPR, David Crosby
France, France Gall, 1996
Live at the Olympia, France Gall, 1996
Concert Privé, France Gall, 1997
Salinas, Luis Salinas, 1996
That's Right, George Benson, 1997
Eventually, Paul Westerberg
A Tear Can Tell, Ricky Peterson
Smile Blue, Ricky Peterson
Winds of Change, Phil Upchurch
Whatever Happened to the Blues, Phil Upchurch, 1992
I'm Ready, Tevin Campbell
Closer than Close, Rosie Gaines
Minneapolis, Michel Portal, 2000
Now, Maxwell, 2001
The Handler, Har Mar Superstar, 2004
Can We Still Be Friends, Mandy Moore, 2004
3121, Prince, 2006
Turn Around, Jonny Lang, 2006
The Silver Lining, Soul Asylum, 2006
Birdwatcher, Michel Portal, 2007
Bringing Back The Funk, Brian Culbertson 2008
The Voice, Mavis Staples
I Am, Elisa Fiorillo, 1990
1-800-new-funk, Various Artists
News From The Jungle, Jef Lee Johnson, 2001