Founding Molly Hatchet guitarist Steve Holland has died, his longtime friend, guardian and conservator John Pappas confirmed to Billboard. He was 66 years old. No cause of death was given for the guitarist born in 1954, who appeared on the band’s first five albums, including 1979’s breakthrough Flirtin’ With Disaster. The track Fall Of The Peacemakers,
Holland left the band in 1984 and later formed a group called Gator Country, named after the second track on Hatchet’s 1978 self-titled debut album, which featured fellow former Hatchet member’s guitarist Duane Roland, drummer Bruce Crump, bassist Riff West and singer Jimmy Farrar. The Gator County FB page also had a tribute to Holland announcing the passing of the last original member of Molly Hatched. The track Dreams I`ll Never See,
«It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of original Molly Hatchet band/Gator Country band co-founder and lead guitarist Steve Holland», Gator Country said in a statement.
«Steve was the last man standing and has joined the rest of his fellow band brothers up in heaven. Steve’s health had been on a downward spiral for a while, with Steve finally getting his angel wings on August 2». The track Flirtin`With Disaster,
The band added: «You will always be one of the greatest, Steve. Rest well and sing out with Danny Joe Brown, Dave Hlubek, Duane Roland, Banner Thomas, Bruce Crump, Jimmy Farrar and Ralph ‘Riff’ West in heaven».
Paying tribute to their founding member, Molly Hatchet shared an image of the guitarist alongside the following caption: «Our deepest condolences are sent to the family of Steve Holland, guitarist and co-founder of Molly Hatchet of his passing. Steve left the band in 1984. He will be missed and remembered by all. RIP 1954-2020».