Drummer John Hinch, who played on JUDAS PRIEST’s debut album, 1974’s “Rocka Rolla”, has died. He was 73 years old.
Hinch’s passing was confirmed by PRIEST singer Rob Halford on Instagram Stories yesterday. Rob shared a photo of Hinch, along with the caption “RIP”.
Hinch played in several Birmingham, U.K. rock bands, including THE PINCH, THE GENERATION, and THE BAKERLOO BLUES LINE, later BAKERLOO. With Halford, he also played in the band HIROSHIMA from 1972 to 1973.
In May 1973, guitarist K.K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill, the founding members of JUDAS PRIEST, were looking for other musicians to complete the lineup for their band, vocalist Alan Atkins and various temporary drummers having left to pursue other musical projects. They approached Halford and Hinch after they saw them playing live with HIROSHIMA. Glenn Tipton joined as second guitarist, and in 1974, they recorded “Rocka Rolla”.
Hinch was reportedly dismissed from PRIEST in 1975 over musical differences and personal conflicts, particularly with Tipton.
“We were developing musically,” Halford explained in his autobiography “Confess”, “and we wanted a more adventurous drummer to complement what we were doing.
“Rehearsals had got frustrating. John was trying his best, but he just wasn’t doing what we wanted or, if I am honest, sounding like he ever would.”
Hinch later pursued a career in music management.