Metallica have told a Canadian tribute band called Sandman to ignore a 41-page cease and desist letter – the first page of which is below – sent to them by an “overzealous attorney,” who demanded they stop using the band’s registered trademarks.
“Sandman should file the letter in the trash,” they told Rolling Stone, after reading about it online. “Keep doing what you’re doing. We totally support you. And in the meantime, our attorney can be found at San Francisco International Airport catching a flight to go permanently ice fishing in Alaska.
“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.”