Metallica have clarified the situation with Canadian tribute band Sandman and denied any involvement in the matter. Rolling Stone have reported that an “overzealous attorney” was to blame for the misunderstanding. All media has now put down their pitchforks!
“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 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.”
Lars Urlich even called the band and spoke to band member Di Taranto to clear up the misunderstanding: “He gave me and the band his full blessing to continue on as we were. 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!!”