Wednesday 26 June 2019

Enter frontman: Metallica pop into local restaurant

Surprise visit: Chefs James Vaughan and Daniel Alves (back) and Gary Davis, Cathal Malone and Cian Cagney (front) with Metallica star James Hetfield
Surprise visit: Chefs James Vaughan and Daniel Alves (back) and Gary Davis, Cathal Malone and Cian Cagney (front) with Metallica star James Hetfield

Callum Lavery

Legendary rock band Metallica paid a surprise visit to a well-known bar and restaurant in Co Clare after visiting the Cliffs of Moher.

The heavy metal band, who played Slane last Saturday, were in the area on Monday afternoon.

After visiting the famous cliffs, the band caught locals by surprise when they popped in for dinner in Vaughan's Anchor Inn in Liscannor.

Owner Lisa Vaughan said they were not expecting a visit from the famous metalheads.

"We heard a helicopter overhead yesterday afternoon, so we knew there was somebody big in the area but we didn't know who," Lisa said.

"They parked the helicopter in a spot behind the hotel and went up along the Cliffs of Moher and then popped into us before they went. One of our chefs, Gary Davis, is a big fan of theirs, so the lead singer, James Hetfield, went into the kitchen to say hello to him."

The word had spread quickly and there was suddenly a large crowd of people outside the restaurant looking for a glimpse of the band.

The band played last night in Amsterdam.

Irish Independent

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