Former JUDAS PRIEST drummer Dave Holland, who played on all of their crucial 1980s albums has passed away at age 69. Dave was the drummer in Priest from 1979 until 1989 when he exited the band and was replaced by current drummer Scott Travis. Management of his former band TRAPEZE confirmed that Holland, who was “a very private person”, had died “a few days ago”, with no cause of death reported.
Holland is the second longest standing drummer of the band, besides Travis. Holland had a storied career in rock and heavy metal until a conviction in 2006 for attempted rape, indecent assault, and child endangerment led to his imprisonment until 2012.