Razzle (musician)

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Razzle Hanoi.jpg
Promotional image of Razzle during his time with Hanoi Rocks
Background information
Birth nameNicholas Charles Dingley
Born(1960-12-02)2 December 1960
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England
Died8 December 1984(1984-12-08) (aged 24)
Redondo Beach, California, U.S.
GenresRock, glam punk, punk rock, glam rock, hard rock, glam metal
InstrumentsDrums, Vocals
Years active1977–1984
Associated actsHanoi Rocks

Nicholas Dingley (2 December 1960 – 8 December 1984), better known by his stage name Razzle, was the English drummer of Finnish glam rock band Hanoi Rocks from 1982 until his death.


Born in Royal Leamington Spa, England, he was adopted by Henry and Irene Dingley, growing up in Coventry and then in Binstead, Isle of Wight.

Prior to joining Hanoi Rocks, Razzle had played in UK-based bands Thin Red Line, Demon Preacher (featuring Nik Wade, later of Alien Sex Fiend) The Fuck Pigs and The Dark, with whom he released one EP.[1]

In 1983 Sami Yaffa disclosed that he and Razzle were planning to leave the band citing Andy McCoy's insufferable behaviour as the main factor.[2]


In late 1984, Hanoi Rocks was on their first American tour. Frontman Michael Monroe fractured his ankle, so the band had to skip a few gigs and take a break. During that break, Mötley Crüe's singer Vince Neil invited the band to visit his home, in California.

On 8 December, Razzle visited Neil's home and spent the day in Redondo Beach. The two decided to take a trip to a local liquor store in Neil's De Tomaso Pantera. While speeding and driving drunk, Neil lost control of the car and hit two oncoming vehicles. Two occupants of the other cars were seriously injured.[3] Razzle was taken to South Bay ER but was pronounced dead on arrival at 07:12 local time. He was buried at Holy Cross Church in Binstead, Isle of Wight in 1984. Neil dedicated Theatre of Pain, Mötley Crüe's third studio album, to Razzle; however in 2015 Neil admitted to Ultimate Classic Rock that he wrote a check for $2.5mil to the courts, so he only ever served 19 days of a 30 day sentence for the reckless death.[4]

Neil's account of this event, while contradictory to witnesses accounts, is documented in Mötley Crüe's 2001 autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band. Max Milner portrayed Razzle in the 2019 film adaptation.


With Hanoi Rocks[edit]

Studio albums

Live albums

Compilation albums


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 May 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Chronological Crue – 1984. Members.ozemail.com.au. Retrieved on 2011-03-12.
  4. ^ Frank Meyer (1 January 2002). "Back to the Mystery City of Hanoi Rocks". KNAC.com.

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