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Judas Priest Rock a Red-Carpet Anniversary Party in New York

August 5, 2008 12:55 PM ET

Metal is rarely a red-carpet institution, but the Hard Rock Cafe in New York's Times Square rolled it out last night for a party celebrating local radio personality Eddie Trunk's 25th anniversary in broadcasting. Members of Black Sabbath, Anthrax and Twisted Sister, comedians Jim Norton and Jim Breuer and former New York Met Mike Piazza paid tribute to the longtime metal advocate, followed by a performance from the evening's house band, Judas Priest. Decked out in street clothes and toning down the theatrics, Rob Halford and Co. delivered a quick, hits-packed show to an invite-only crowd. The relaxed atmosphere didn't call for a "leave it all on the stage" level of performance, but happy takes on songs like "Electric Eye" and "Breaking the Law" made the band's 50-minute set a thing of glee.

Judas Priest, along with Heaven and Hell (the Ronnie James Dio-fronted incarnation of Black Sabbath), Motorhead and Testament kick off the Metal Masters tour tomorrow night in Camden.

Set List:
"Electric Eye"
"Metal Gods"
"Devil's Child"
"Breaking the Law"
"Hell Patrol"
"The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)"
"You've Got Another Thing Comin'"

Encore: "Hell Bent for Leather"

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