Metallica had a surprise four-legged guest at their recent concert in California.
The local Animal Hope & Wellness Organization initially reported on August 25 that a dog named Storm had been abandoned by its owner at the band’s show at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.
“The dog was sitting in a seat and was there for hours,” wrote the organization on Facebook alongside a photo of Storm seated in the audience.
However, after the canine photo went viral, Metallica took to social media to correct the story.
Sharing the same picture to X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, on Thursday, the heavy metal legends said that Storm had actually snuck out of her owner’s home and into the venue all by herself.
“After a full night taking in the show with her #MetallicaFamily, Storm was safely reunited with her actual family the next day,” Metallica wrote.
The band said that Storm “had a great time listening to her favorite songs,” such as “Barx Æterna,” “Master of Puppies,” and “The Mailman That Never Comes.”
You might have heard we had a four-legged fan join us for #M72LA! Despite reports to the contrary, our friend Storm snuck out of her home adjacent to @SoFiStadium and made her way to the gig all by herself.— Metallica (@Metallica) August 31, 2023
After a full night taking in the show with her #MetallicaFamily, Storm… pic.twitter.com/d0wtFQ6q4w
Storm’s owner, Elizabeth Hurtado, told PetHelpful that she was surprised to discover that Storm was such a big Metallica fan.
“She is apparently a huge Metallica fan who decided to sneak out for the concert!” she said.
Hurtado added that the photo of Storm sitting in the stands left her in hysterics.
“We were laughing so hard when we saw she was SITTING IN AN ACTUAL SEAT AT THE CONCERT,” she said.
SoFi Stadium said on Facebook on Monday that Metallica had broken the venue’s single-show attendance record on August 25, with 80,000 fans flocking to the arena to watch the show.
“Thank you for two incredible sold-out nights!” they wrote.