As you may be aware, there are a lot of great tribute bands in this country AND in this province alone. Case in point is the Ontario based Metallica tribute band, Sandman who had been hit with a ‘cease and desist order from Metallica’s lawyers a couple of weeks ago, alleging improper use of their “official, stylized logos” in order to promote Sandmans live appearances’. They were greeted by a 41 page document at a gig they were going to do last Saturday (Jan 9) joining other Metallica targets like Victoria Secret and Napster.
HOWEVER, according to Rolling Stone magazine, the band members themselves were sympathetic to the tribute act writing””We hear that a Canadian Metallica tribute band is a little upset with us and with a little digging, figured out why,” the band tells Rolling Stone. “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 enought 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.”
Even Lars Ulrich took it one step further and phoned up band member Joe Di Taranto to apologize and quash the situation. Classy and I’m thinking it’s got to help Sandman’s bookings