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Former Judas Priest Drummer John Hinch Passes Away

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In an Instagram post shared last night, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has confirmed that the band's former drummer John Hinch, who he also worked with during his pre-Priest days in Hiroshima, has passed away. He was seventy three years old.

Hinch joined the band along with Halford in May 1973, shortly before Glen Tipton joined them to round up the lineup. Hinch performed drums on the debut album, "Rocka Rolla" and could be seen playing drums when Judas Priest appeared on the legendary music show, The Old Grey Whistle Test. In addition to drumming, Hinch also worked as the road manager and driver for the band.

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1. Andrew at power of music writes:

Very sad news of John's passing. I liked his work on Rocka Rola. He wasn't really a traditional metal drummer, or hard hitting and technical as some of his successors, but for the bluesy hard rock style they were doing at the time, he fit in very well. My condolences to his family, friends, bandmates, clients, etc. Thank you guys too for a great tribute article for him.

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