In 1979 Judas Priest drummer Les Binks was replaced by Dave Holland (previously of Trapeze).
After major tours with both Kiss and AC/DC, Judas Priest's popularity began to gather momentum. "British Steel" smashed into the UK Top 5, and included the Top 20 singles "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight".
After appearing at the 1980 Donington Festival, they began recording "Point Of Entry". It provided the hit single "Hot Rockin", and was followed by sell-out UK and US tours. The period surrounding "Screaming For Vengeance" was phenomenally successful for the band. The hit single, "You've Got Another Thing Comin'", was followed by a lucrative six-month US tour, with the album achieving platinum status in the USA. Defenders Of The Faith" offered a similar potent brand of headstrong metal to "Screaming For Vengeance".
"Turbo", however, proved slightly more commercial and was poorly received, Judas Priest's traditional metal fans reacting with indifference to innovations that included the use of synthesized guitars. "Ram It Down" saw a return to pure heavy metal by comparison, but now the band's popularity had begun to wane.
On the 1990 album "Painkiller" drummer Scott Travis (ex-Racer X) had replaced Dave Holland. Holland, born in Northampton, continued to be involved in the local music scene. He teaches drum lessons.