Former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland has passed away at the age of 69.
Holland was the drummer on some of Judas Priest’s most successful albums such as ‘British Steel’, ‘Screaming for Vengeance’, ‘Defenders of the Faith’, and ‘Turbo’. He left the band in 1989 citing family and health issues and musical differences.
Before joining Judas Priest, Holland was a member of Trapeze. He reunited with the band in the early 90s and also featured on Tony Iommi’s ‘The 1996 DEP Sessions’.
In 2004, Holland was sent to prison for 8 years after being found guilty of attempted rape and sexual assault against a 17-year old male with learning disabilities who he was giving drum lessons to. He maintained his innocence throughout his life.
Spanish newspaper El Progreso broke the story and state that he lived in self-imposed exile in the mountainous A Fonsagrada area of Lugo, Spain. The news source says Holland was “known by very few” of his neighbors, but those who had socialized with him described the drummer as a “very kind and proper person.”
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