Metallica Apologizes, Blames Lawyer for Cease and Desist Sent to Cover Band

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James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo of Metallica pose for a portrait during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festiva in Toronto, Canada.

The legendary metal band's lawyer was sent on an ice fishing vacation following the incident.

Metallica sold millions of copies of its 1998 covers album Garage, Inc., so one would expect them to be down with Canada’s preeminent Metallica cover band. The members of Sandman must have been surprised to receive a 41-page cease and desist letter from the band before a show last Saturday (Jan. 9). 

Evidently, it was Metallica’s pesky lawyers behind the mandate -- not the members themselves. 

“It turns out that we have a very overzealous attorney who sent this letter without our knowledge,” the band told Rolling Stone. They pledged their support to Sandman (and all other Metallica cover bands) and hinted that the lawyer has been… dealt with.

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“Our attorney can be found at SFO catching a flight to go permanently ice fishing in Alaska."

Sandman has been around since 1994. Their logo -- a parody of Metallica’s -- apparently sparked the cease and desist: 

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Posted by Sandman. Canada's Tribute to Metallica on Saturday, December 26, 2015

Lars Ulrich even called Sandman guitarist Joe Di Taranto yesterday to iron things out. Take note, publicists -- these guys are pros at quashing a potential P.R. crisis. 


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