JUDAS PRIEST made what will apparently be their only live appearance of 2006 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England on Friday, March 31. This special performance in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity was a tribute to to the late DJ Tommy Vance (of the U.K.'s "Friday Rock Show"), who passed away last year. Also appearing on the bill were special guests the SCORPIONS and IAN GILLAN & FRIENDS. Opening the show was an unknown band called BONED, whom Tommy Vance was a great supporter of.In a surprise appearance, IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson paid tribute to the rock DJ in his own unique way: "The only time I didn't listen to [Tommy Vance's] advice was when he told me not to join that band, IRON MAIDEN." Earlier, PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton told The Rock Radio that Vance was important to a lot of musicians: "He championed a lot of metal bands and rock bands in England — against the odds, you know, because even, even over there, you know, there's a Top 40 hierarchy. So Tommy was really responsible for helping a lot of bands." Tipton also told The Rock Radio that the band had wanted to do something for the Teenage Cancer Trust previously: "We offered ourselves up last year, but I think they underestimated the importance of metal, and how much metal could contribute — I'm talking about the audience now — to a great cause. But this year, they invited us to play." Check out pictures of the Royal Albert Hall concert at Wire Image. A review of the performance can be found at The Rock Radio.
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