Dave Holland (drummer)

Dave Holland
Born(1948-04-05)5 April 1948
Northampton, England
Died16 January 2018(2018-01-16) (aged 69)
Lugo, Spain
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • piano
  • vocals
Years active1965–2004
Associated acts

David Holland (5 April 1948 – 16 January 2018) was an English heavy metal drummer born in Northampton, England, best remembered for his stints with Trapeze from 1969 to 1979 and Judas Priest from 1979 to 1989.

Early life

At the age of six Holland began piano lessons, but soon developed a "mania for the drums" in his own words and begged his parents to let him have a set. After his first appearance as a stand-in for a local band, Holland realised he wanted to be a musician. When he was 14 years old, he supplemented his pocket money by playing with another local band called The Drumbeats, and selling furniture and carpets.

As a youngster, Holland listened to traditional jazz. He cited his first rock influence as Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. Later, he became interested in funk music in the vein of Booker T & the MG's, the blues rock of Free and progressive–psychedelic music of Traffic.