Thin Lizzy's Eric Bell brands Metallica “bastards” after band failed to pay for Whisky in the Jar guest spot

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In one of the more bizarre stories to surface recently, former Thin Lizzy electric guitar player Eric Bell has slammed the members of Metallica, calling them a “pack of bastards” for failing to pay him for a guest appearance at a gig two decades ago.

Bell, a founding member of the Irish rockers, joined Metallica onstage at the Point Theatre in Dublin on July 5, 1999 to play Whiskey in the Jar, the traditional Irish tune adapted by Thin Lizzy in 1972 and then covered by Metallica for their Garage Inc. album in 1998.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.