Thursday, January 14, 2016

Metallica cancel legal action against Canadian tribute band

Metallica have cancelled a cease and desist order against a Canadian tribute band called Sandman and apologized for what they call “a very overzealous attorney who sent this letter without our knowledge.”

Last weekend, Sandman received a package from Metallica’a lawyers before a show at a London, Ontario club with a 41-page document threatening legal action over the use of the group’s name and trademarked, official, stylized logos.

Billed as “Canada’s tribute to Metallica,” Sandman promote themselves with a stylized logo that appears similar to branding used by the veteran metal outfit.

Once the news made international headlines, it caught the band’s attention and they stepped in to correct the situation.

“We hear that a Canadian Metallica tribute band is a little upset with us and with a little digging figured out why,” posted the band on their website. “It turns out that a certain letter was delivered to the band Sandman that neither we nor our management were aware of until it surfaced online. Lucky for us, the band was kind enough to post it for us to see, and it turns out that we have a very overzealous attorney who sent this letter without our knowledge.

“We have a long history of not only enjoying tribute bands, but we started as one. Heck, we even recorded a two-disc album of covers! We will always remember those days and continue to enjoy tribute bands, even inviting them to support us on various tours over the years.

Sandman should file the letter in the trash, we’ve spoken to Joe Di Taranto of the band and it’s all good. Keep doing what you’re doing... we totally support you! And in the meantime our attorney can be found at SFO catching a flight to go permanently ice fishing in Alaska.”

Sandman guitarist/vocalist Di Taranto confirmed the call from Lars Ulrich on Wednesday to apologize for the incident.

“He gave me and the band his full blessing to continue on as we were," Di Taranto tells Rolling Stone. "They want us to continue paying tribute to Metallica with their full blessing and approval. We will continue to fly the Metallica flag, loud and proud!!"

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