A very private person, Dave Holland, who passed away a few days ago, aged 69, used to be heard far and wide. Mostly famous for his decade-long run with JUDAS PRIEST and contributing to such classics as “British Steel” that propelled the band to the forefront of heavy metal, Holland had also played on every recording by TRAPEZE (whose former management confirmed the sad news), where Dave’s chops were an integral part of trio tissue, especially when his drums locked in with Glenn Hughes‘ bass.
Much later Glenn invited his former colleague to help him and fellow Black Country man Tony Iommi lay down an album, but Holland’s parts would be erased, to remain only on bootlegs, due to Dave’s imprisonment which the drummer always maintained was unjust as he insisted he was innocent.
Hard rock and funk didn’t limit the drummer’s approach; among the albums Holland performed on are two LPs by an old friend Justin Hayward of THE MOODY BLUES whose label signed TRAPEZE, although those albums aren’t many. Dave could have done more and deserved more in terms of recognition. May he rest in peace.