Former Judas Priest Drummer Dave Holland Dead at 69

Dave Holland—drummer for Judas Priest from 1979 to 1989 and Trapeze from 1969 to 1979—has died at the age of 69, Spanish newspaper El Progreso reports.

Holland played on every one of Judas Priest's releases from 1980 to 1988, including 1980's British Steel, 1982's Screaming for Vengeance and 1984's Defenders of the Faith, and also played drums (before his parts were later re-recorded) on Tony Iommi's The 1996 DEP Sessions album.

In 2004, Holland was sentenced to eight years in prison after being found guilty of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault against a 17-year-old whom he was giving drum lessons to.

According to the El Progreso report, Holland lived out the rest of his life in Lugo, Spain, in the mountainous town of A Fonsagrada. He passed away at the Hospital Universitario Lucus Augusti in Lugo on Tuesday. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.