Fans storm Joe’s Crab Shack in Arizona thinking Metallica were playing there

Hoax claimed golden tickets were hidden in fast food restaurant’s burritos

Metallica fans have become victims of a bizarre hoax, after it was claimed the band were playing at a branch of fast food restaurant Joe’s Crab Shack in Arizona.

A fake Facebook event page featured Metallica’s logo and that of the fast-food chain, claiming that Metallica would be playing two shows at the branch in Tuscon, Arizona, on August 7 and August 9.

The promo also claimed that, to win tickets, fans should go to Joe’s Crab Shack there, as “golden tickets” would be hidden in five of the restaurant’s burritos. “Winners” would also get a free buffet of unlimited crab legs at the concerts.

Local Tuscon TV station KVOA reported that the local Joe’s Crab Shack experienced a sudden boost in trade from Metallica fans visiting the eaterie. Their report can be seen here.

The Metallica gig is one of a number of fake gigs which have been advertised as Facebook events recently. Other hoaxes have included claims that The Smiths were reforming to play at the main KFC centre, KFC Yum! Center in Kentucky, while ‘All Star’ hitmakers Smash Mouth would be doing a concert in a dumpster behind a Gelson’s Market supermarket. Police had to be called to one such non-existent event, which claimed Limp Bizkit were performing at a petrol station in Ohio.

Metallica are continuing to work on the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’ album.