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29 Years Ago: Hanoi Rocks Drummer Razzle Killed

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Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle, (far left in photo), was killed on Dec. 8, 1984 in a tragic car accident. Razzle, born Nicholas Dingley, was a passenger in a car driven by Motley Crue‘s Vince Neil.

The two bands were at a party given in honor of the Finnish band’s first US tour, when Neil and Razzle decided to make a run to the liquor store. As the car made its way around the winding Hollywood road, Neil lost control of the vehicle and smashed into another car. All involved sustained injuries, but Razzle was less fortunate. He was taken to South Bay Hospital, but was declared dead on arrival. He was only 24 years old.

In a 2006 interview with Metal Express, Hanoi guitarist was asked about the accident. “I was there, what happened was Razzle disappeared, so did Vince. So me and T-Bone, Tommy Lee, took his car and went looking for them. We drove past this accident and I was like, what color was the car they were driving cause we just passed a f—king accident with a bright red sports car. Then I saw Razzle’s hat on the street.”

In 2011, Hanoi singer Michael Monroe gave sleazeroxx.com his take. “There was an accident and unfortunately our drummer was killed. As far as Vince Neil, I have nothing to say. It was an accident. What happened happened and it can’t be changed. Everybody suffered from the whole thing.”

Hanoi Rocks soldiered on briefly, bringing in former Clash drummer Terry Chimes to finish off some standing European dates, but shortly after, the band called it a day.

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