Judas Priest Drummer John Hinch Dies at 73

John Hinch, who played drums on Judas Priest's debut album, Rocka Rolla, has died at age 73.


The band's frontman, Rob Halford, reminisced, "his style was strong, direct, and unique... I'll be blasting Rocka Rolla today." K.K, Downing, the band's guitarist shared: "I am extremely saddened to hear that John has passed away as he played his part so well in the creation and the history of Judas Priest." He continued, "there are so many memories of crazy and fun times we all shared together. John was always so dependable and did everything to the best of his ability, including his drumming which looking back can only be described as faultless. The fact that he continued to play to his very last day is testimony to his ability and dedication to his love of the drums."


After the release of Rocka Rolla, Hinch pursued a career in music management, developing his legacy as a drummer, manager, and rock 'n roll legend.