R.I.P. Dave Holland

Judas Priest drummer dead

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Former Judas Priest and Trapeze drummer Dave Holland has died in Spain aged 69.

Holland, who featured on Judas Priest’s albums during their 1980s superstar period and had previously been in Trapeze with Glenn Hughes in the early 1970s, was later convicted of sexually assaulting a 17-year old special needs boy. The incident led to his drum tracks being erased from Tony Iommi’s solo album that featured Hughes on vocals. In the mid-90s, Holland was hired by The Screaming Jets as a touring musician. He consistently denied the assault.

The Spanish newspaper El Progreso reported on January 22 that Holland died on the 16th (link in Spanish).