Metallica have overruled their own lawyers, who had issued a cease and desist letter against tribute band Sandman, ordering them to stop using the band’s name and logo to promote their entirely Metallica based act.
To ensure that Metallica’s “overzealous attorney” would not start fresh proceedings against Sandman, the band agreed to license their logo to the tribute band for a fee of $1 which Metallica picked up the tab for that themselves.
“I just got off the phone with Metallica’s management and they and the band had no idea their lawyers sent us the papers”, Sandman guitarist Joe Di Taranto told the One On One With Mitch Lafon podcast. “Lars [Ulrich, the Metallica drummer] got wind of everything today and was completely pissed that they sent us the papers for something so stupid. They are really sorry about everything and want us to go back to using any logos that we want. They are even going to license us the logo for $1 – which they said we don’t even need to pay. So all in all they were really cool and wanted to make sure we know that they fully support us. Pretty crazy. All good though”.