John Frederick Hinch is a British drummer. He was the original drummer of notable heavy metal band Judas Priest.
Hinch played in several Birmingham rock bands, including The Pinch, The Generation and The Bakerloo Blues Line, later Bakerloo. With vocalist Rob Halford he 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 line-up 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, the first and historical official line-up of Judas Priest was established and in 1974 they recorded their first album, "Rocka Rolla". Hinch was also the driver and the road manager of the band.
After his departure from Judas Priest Hinch decided to pursue a career in musical management, working with Jameson Raid, Uli Jon Roth, Fashion, The Bureau and Zeno.
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