See Metallica Play “Whiskey in the Jar” Live in Tribute to Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott

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On Saturday, June 8th, Metallica took their European WorldWired trek to Slane Castle in Meath, Ireland, and amid their epic 18-song set, the thrash legends played their version of “Whiskey in the Jar,” which, of course, appears on the band’s 1998’s covers album Garage, Inc. Metallica dedicated the performance to Phil Lynott, the late frontman of Irish hard-rock/proto-metal pioneers Thin Lizzy. The song is a traditional Irish tune that was popularized by Thin Lizzy when they covered it in 1973.

“We love you Phil. Thank you,” Metallica’s James Hetfield said at the end of the performance. After the show, Hetfield also posted to Instagram a photo of himself kissing the statue of Lynott on Harry Street in Dublin. “Much respect and love to my favorite songwriter, Mr. Phil Lynott,” Papa Het wrote in the caption.

Metallica’s current European WorldWired run is set to conclude on August 25th in Mannheim, Germany. For more info, including a full list of dates, visit, and scroll onward for the full set list from the band’s Slane Castle show.


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Metallica set list, Slane Castle, Slane, Ireland, June 8th:
The Memory Remains
Ride the Lightning
Whiskey in the Jar
The Unforgiven
Now That We’re Dead
Moth Into Flame
Sad but True
Halo on Fire
Master of Puppets
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Creeping Death
Seek & Destroy

Spit Out the Bone
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman
(with ‘The Frayed Ends of Sanity’ outro)