John Hinch, the previous Judas Priest drummer who performed on the band’s debut album, ‘Rocka Rolla’, has died aged 73.
The musician’s dying was confirmed by Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, who shared a photograph of his former bandmate on his Instagram Story with the caption: “RIP.”
“His model was robust, direct and distinctive,” Halford recalled to Loudwire. “I’ll be blasting ‘Rocka Rolla’ in the present day!”
Former Judas Priest guitarist Ok.Ok. Downing added: “I’m extraordinarily saddened to listen to that John has handed away as he performed his half so nicely within the creation and the historical past of Judas Priest.”
“There are such a lot of reminiscences of loopy and enjoyable occasions all of us shared collectively. John was all the time so reliable and did every thing to the very best of his potential, together with his drumming which wanting again can solely be described as faultless. The truth that he continued to play to his final day is testimony to his potential and dedication to his love of the drums.”
“I want to give my honest condolences to John’s household and family members from myself and all of you without end. Relaxation in peace, John.”
“His model was robust, direct and distinctive” – Rob Halford on John Hinch. CREDIT: Scott Dudelson/Getty Photos
Born on June 19, 1947, in Staffordshire, England, Hinch started his profession enjoying in a number of bands within the Birmingham space. He first joined Halford in the group Hiroshima earlier than following the frontman to Judas Priest in 1973.
Hinch and Halford joined forces with guitarist Ok.Ok. Downing and bassist Ian Hill within the band, and later second guitarist Glenn Tipton. In 1974, the group recruited Black Sabbath and Budgie producer Rodger Bai and recorded their debut LP, ‘Rocka Rolla’.
The album was very completely different to what Judas Priest would go on to be identified for – it was extra blues rock than heavy metallic – nevertheless it gave the band its first little bit of publicity. They toured the LP all through the UK and Europe, and Hinch dealt with many of the driving in addition to the band’s funds – though he admitted later it was irritating.
“Drumming to me simply grew to become secondary,” Hinch admitted. “It was like, ‘Okay, right here we go we’re on stage,’ after which invariably you’d get an argument only for the sake of an argument.”
After the tour was over, the band turned their consideration to second album ‘Unhappy Wings Of Future’, and it was at that time that Hinch was fired from the band.
Following his stint in Judas Priest, Hinch pursued a profession in band administration, working with artists similar to Jameson Raid and Uli Jon Roth of Scorpions fame.