Metallica have offered an apology to Canadian cover band Sandman after their lawyers sent a 41-page cease and desist letter to the tribute outfit.
The metal group’s legal representatives took objection to Sandman’s logo, which riffs off Metallica’s own logo.
“The band have been using this logo for years with no problems at all,” guitarist Joe Di Taranto tells Rolling Stone.
Following criticism over their heavy-handed actions, Metallica themselves released a statement, blaming an “overzealous attorney”.
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The statement read: “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.”
“Sandman should file the letter in the trash,” the band continued. “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.”
Di Taranto confirmed that drummer Lars Ulrich called him on Wednesday (January 13) to apologise for the situation. “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!” he said.
Guitarist Kirk Hammett said last month that their new album would “most likely” arrive during 2016. It will be their first effort since 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’.