An Aberdeen band has spoken of its delight after hot sauce giant Tabasco donated £1,000 to its charity tribute single about the popular condiment.
The Malpaso Gang got off to a sticky start with the company when its tribute song Tabasco led to the US firm’s lawyers writing a letter telling them their song breached trademark rules.
However, president and CEO of the company Tony Simmons swiftly took the matter into his own hands and got in touch with the band directly to tell them he loved the song and wished them all the best in reaching number one.
Now, Mr Simmons has been back in touch with the band after reading the Evening Express’ coverage on the band’s plan to donate all money to Super Sam’s Fund – a charity created in memory of their friend Graeme Dorrance’s five-year-old son Sam who died from a brain tumour in 2016.
Mr Simmons has pledged to donate £1,000 to the charity on behalf of Tabasco.
In an e-mail to the band, he said: “I read the article in the Aberdeen Evening Express about donating the proceeds from the song to a charity in honour of your young friend Sam.
“Please be advised we are in the process of having a £1,000 donation in Sam’s memory made on behalf of Tabasco to the fund. Keep singing and I hope you get it to the top of the charts.”
The band members said they were amazed when the hot sauce president got back in touch with them.
Guitarist Matthew Duncan, who also wrote the song, said: “We were very surprised – we definitely didn’t expect for the CEO to get back in touch with us again. It really came out of the blue.
“It’s amazing to think the head of Tabasco has been reading the Evening Express in the Tabasco headquarters in Louisiana.”
Matthew also spoke about his delight for Super Sam’s Fund.
He said: “It’s just an amazing and generous offer.
“Graeme was thrilled as well. £111,000 has been raised for the charity so far and this will help so much.
“We’re hopeful the money made from the single will also make a good contribution.”