Well here we are again at the end of another week… First we woke up to the tragic news that Dave Bowie had lost his battle with cancer. Next was the massive shock that Avenged Sevenfold is being sued by their record label for attempting to get out of their deal, more on that one later. Finally, the farce of a story that more or less unfolded in a day that Metallica sent a tribute band in Canada a cease and desist letter, before telling them to throw it away.
Avenged Sevenfold, who is preparing to enter the studio for their next album is currently being sued by their label Warner Bros Records after trying to use California’s “seven-year rule” to get out of their yet to be completed record deal. The “seven-year rule” states that a court is unable to impose a personal service contract after seven years from when the deal originated. Avenged Sevenfold signed to Warner Bros back in 2004 and since then the label has gone through several ‘regime’ changes “to the point where no one on the current A&R staff has even a nodding relationship with the band” said Avenged Sevenfold’s lawyer Howard E King in a statement. Warner Bros has demanded a trial to sort things out, the company is also wanting compensation since they claim the band’s upcoming release has already been funded by them. Avenged Sevenfold has posted their own statement via the website. “Most importantly, we want our fans to know this: we are in the middle of writing a record we cannot wait for you to hear,” the band wrote. “We expect to go into the studio very soon, and look forward to releasing our new album later this year”. Whichever way this goes we at least have the follow up to 2013’s brilliant ‘Hail to the King’ coming out soon.
In this week’s funny story has to go to Metallica and their Canadian tribute act Sandman. The cover band arrived at FitzRay’s, a London (Ontario) club to prepare for Saturday night’s show when they found out there was a FedEx package waiting for them which then turned out to be a 41-page cease and desist order from Metallica’s lawyer for using “official, stylized logos… to identify or promote live musical performances through Facebook and YouTube”. The cover act has been using Metallica’s logo from 2003’s St Anger for almost 10-years now. This was the first time Sandman had ever heard from Metallica let alone received legal documents from them. When this hit some online music publications during the week, Metallica found out and issued a statement “It turns out that a certain letter was delivered to the Sandman that neither we nor our management were aware of until it surfaced online… and it turns out that we have a very overzealous attorney who sent this letter without our knowledge”. Sandman guitarist Di Taranto said later Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich called him to apologize and fix the situation. Metallica has since rescinded the letter and thrown their full support behind the tribute act.
What a week that was, we have the ongoing legal battle with Avenged Sevenfold and their record label Warner Bros, I’ll try and keep you informed as that plays out. Then we have the comical Metallica and its overzealous lawyer vs the Canadian tribute act, which then turned into Metallica and Sandman vs the lawyer, though no blood no foul. And finally yet another musical great in the form of David Bowie passes away due to cancer, it’s strange that we as a race have the technology to land a person on the moon, have powerful computers the size of our hands, have a massive network that potentially links everybody together. Yet we still can’t cure cancer. That truly saddens me.
Have a great week everyone, next time you hear from me I’ll be in sunny Australia to see if the music scene down under is still rocking.
Written by Dan Harlond