Dave's Departure

Daves Recordings

"Dave's an excellent drummer and has a good personality. His style of drumming is very steady and solid. He doesn't try to fit things in and be fancy just for the sake of it. Dave's the sort of drummer that would rather leave something out and make his impact that way, instead of dealing with a real technical jazz-type drum fill. All I can say is that Dave's a damn good heavy rock drummer in my book."
- Ian Hill, Turbo Fax tourbook, 1986

Started out on piano at age six, but quickly took to the drums:

"Well, I started playing the piano when I was six, but I think I always had a mania for the drums. I was constantly tapping along to records on the radio, banging knives and forks on the table or on top of biscuit tins! I eventually got my first kit when I was 10. As a youngster, I listened to a lot of jazz, and my first rock influence was Johnny Kidd & The Pirates."
- Dave Holland, Turbo Fax tourbook, 1986

Dave uses Tama drums, Remo heads and Paiste cymbals with Judas Priest.



Dave Holland would go on to spend the longest and most successful recording era with Judas Priest, from 1979 to 1989, before exiting the band due to fatigue and family health issues.

"Dave left the group of his own choice at the end of the Ram It Down tour. He was complaining about being very physically burnt out and really not feeling that he was giving as much that we all give, you know. You gotta give everything when you make your music.

"I think Dave would probably be the first to admit that heavy metal was important to him, but maybe not as important as it is to someone like me, who lives, breathes, drinks, sleeps, eats heavy metal music, you know? So he made a professional and a gentlemanly decision by leaving the group.
- Rob Halford, Radio MCB, February 2, 1991

"Dave Holland chose to leave the band of his own accord - he did not want to travel so much and wanted to be with his family more; it was his decision to leave."
- Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for Judas Priest, September 22, 2003

"Dave Holland continued a very successful career with Judas Priest for ten years notching up seven albums and countless tours across the world. In 1989 he decided to take time out of the hectic life of touring and the rock world to concentrate his efforts on independent production, working for a number of artists. In 1992 he saw a band that were to capture his imagination. 'The Love Garden' had struck a special chord with Holland, enough for him to decide that he wanted to put something back into the music Industry for which he had so greatly benefited from himself. He has now set up his own management company to handle the up-and-coming band in their quest for fame and fortune."
- Gerard Franklin, Trapeze biography, 1994

Holland would not leave music entirely, though there was another little-known set-back: It is reported that the Ibiza Sound Studios Dave had purchased in 1983 (and where Priest had recorded several early '80s hit albums) had unfortunately burned to the ground  in 1986:

"In 1999 I tried to visit the Ibiza studios where Priest recorded POINT OF ENTRY through DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH, but after much investigation, I discovered the studios had burnt down in 1986 (suspicious circumstances, possible insurance job, I was informed by some locals, though it was too long ago for them to remember exact details). I also remembered reading in the news at the time that Paul Young had almost finished his BETWEEN TWO FIRES album there, lost it all in the studio fire and had to re-record in Italy."
- Eyewitness report

Never-the-less, after a short rest, he got back into the music business, reuniting with his former mates in Trapeze for some concerts in 1991 and 1992 (two of which were recorded and released as live albums in 1998). In 1996, Dave managed a young Swedish funk teen trio called Shutlanger Sam. Also that same year, Dave played drums on a yet-to-be-released solo album by Tony Iommi that has long been out in the bootleg underground as "EIGHTH STAR". Now, Iommi is mixing the original master tapes and planning to officially release the album (under a possible different title and artwork from the bootleg) in late 2004. 1996 also saw Holland team up with original Judas Priest singer Al Atkins to record Al's album Victim Of Changes (released in 1998), which featured several Al Atkins penned Judas Priest songs from the early days.

Dave with Al Atkins: L-R: Paul May - g; Pete Emms - b; Al Atkins - v; Dave Holland - d

Al confirms that Dave is no longer working with him, but Dave had stayed busy in the music industry, contributing to a couple of tracks to the Phenomena album Psychofantasy, as well as conducting a drum clinic and slowly working on an album of his own which he started back in 1994: A collaboration project of all the artists he has worked with throughout his career. Artists who have already pledged their support include: Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Justin Haywood (Moody Blues), Mel Galley (Whitesnake/Trapeze), and Glenn Hughes (Trapeze/Deep Purple).

"Dave Holland is at present recording tracks with members of Judas Priest for a solo project (rather than a full-blown Judas Priest re-union)..."
- Tom Galley, Phenomena Writer/Producer, GHPG online chat, January 2003

While this solo effort could have been quite interesting to devoted fans, it now appears it will never see the light of day as Dave has met a career-ending and shocking roadblock:

Charges were made against Dave Holland in 2003 alleging that he sexually abused and attempted to rape a 17-year old wheelchair-bound teenage boy who had been taking drum lessons at Dave's Northamptonshire cottage from June through December of 2002. Holland denied the charges, but on January 23, 2004, in Northampton Crown Court, a jury found Dave guilty of trying to rape the teen, along with an additional five charges of indecently assaulting the teenager. On Friday, February 13, 2004, Dave Holland was sentenced to 8 years in jail.

"The letter revealed that things were happening at his drum teacher's house that should not have been happening."
- Maria Savvides, prosecuting attorney,
BBC News, January 15, 2004

"He was very disturbed, really aggressive and mixed up. We noticed it. During the time he was going to Dave's we noted he was getting blotches on his arms, towards the end, the last few lessons. About the last time he went to Dave's he started to have baths every day - he doesn't like having baths."
- Boy's father,
BBC News, January 16, 2004

"I in particular would be interested in an assessment of the risk Mr. Holland poses to adolescent young men,"
- Judge Charles Wide QC,
BBC News, January 23, 2004

"You planned this abuse by grooming his parents and him through the careful construction of the opportunity to abuse and the common factors of detaching a boy from his parents by giving him cigarettes, alcohol and porn. You must never work with children again."
- Judge Charles Wide QC,
BBC News, February 13, 2004

Dave Holland outside Northampton
Crown Court, 2004



Pinkerton's Assorted Colours (only singles and a compilation CD were released): Mirror Mirror/She Don't Care (1965); Don't Stop Loving Me Baby/Will Ya? (1966); Magic Rocking Horse/It Ain't Right (1966); Mum And Dad/On A Street Car (1967); There's Nobody I'd Sooner Love/Look At Me (1967); Kentucky Woman/Behind The Mirror (1968); FLIGHT RECORDER: FROM PINKERTON'S ASSORTED COLOURS TO THE FLYING MACHINE (2004)

Trapeze: Trapeze (1970); Medusa (1970); You Are the Music, We're Just The Band (1972); Hot Wire (1974);
Final Swing
(1974); Trapeze (1975); Hold On/Running (1978); Way Back To The Bone: Live (1998);
Welcome to the Real World: Live

Trapeze in 1971; Dave is on the right

Trapeze in 1972; Dave is in the middle

Justin Hayward: Songwriter (1977); Night Flight (1980)

Glenn Hughes: Play Me Out (1977)

Robin George: Dangerous Music (1985)

Tony Iommi: Eighth Star (1996) This has been released only as a bootleg in 1999 and is not the final title. Tony Iommi plans to release the official album sometime in 2004.

Al Atkins: Victim Of Changes (1998)