Where are they now?

hollandToday’s post takes a look at “Where are they now?” The answer is disturbing. Dave Holland, a pioneer of Heavy Metal drumming joined Judas Priest in August of 1979. He played drums on many of Judas Priest’s platinum albums, such as British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Defenders of the Faith, and Turbo. Ram It Down was recorded with the use of a drum machine, although Holland was credited with the parts. In 1989, personal problems (health and family issues) and musical differences forced Holland to leave Judas Priest. According to an online bio “Holland was found guilty in 2004 of attempted rape and several indecent assaults against a 17-year-old male with learning disabilities to whom he had been giving drum lessons. In an interview during the criminal proceedings, Holland revealed that he is bisexual. He was sentenced to eight years in prison. In late 2006, Holland, who has steadfastly maintained his innocence, revealed that he is in the process of writing a tell-all autobiography. He was scheduled for release in 2012 and was reportedly out by June of that year.” This news is very disappointing as Holland was one of the most influential drummers during my Heavy Metal stage. I remember watching him perform at the US Festival in 1983. His tasteful playing was a perfect backdrop for Priest’s signature dual guitars. He was also one of the first to make the double bass a mainstay in the genre. It is unfortunate (and disgusting) to hear the charges against him. If they are true he deserves to remain in prison. Here is an update on Holland courtesy of Eddie Trunk.

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