And not just any tribute band, but Sandman. Sandman is the band that received a Cease and Desist letter from the Metallica camp earlier this year because their logo was too similar to Metallica’s. The legal maneuver made headlines, and caught Metallica by surprise as neither they nor their management had involvement in the matter. It turned out the letter had been sent by an “overzealous” attorney, and the band quickly cleared up the matter, with Lars himself even calling Sandman’s Joe Di Taranto and telling him that they had Metallica’s full blessing to continue without worry of further legal action.
The guys from Metallica even took a pic with Sandman which they(Sandman) posted on their FB page with the caption that they are “the only Metallica-sanctioned tribute band.”