Alabama Sues Drummer

Mark Herndon, the drummer for Alabama, is being sued by his fellow band members, who say he was overpaid by more than $200,000, reports The Associated Press.


The lawsuit, filed May 9 in the Circuit Court of DeKalb County, Ala., claims that in 2003, Herndon was paid for his share of net merchandise sales during the band's "American Farewell Tour" before a final accounting was done. The final accounting, the suit claims, found that "there were no net merchandise revenues as defined by the contract." The lawsuit seeks to recover the money. The four members of Alabama ––Teddy Gentry, Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and Herndon––have not performed together live since the 2003 farewell tour. The lawsuit also states that Herndon has demanded a payment of $65,047, which represents his share of an advance against anticipated sales of The Last Stand CD, which was recorded live during the farewell tour and is being sold by Cracker Barrel restaurants. Alabama contends that this amount and Herndon's share of any future earnings should be withheld until the full amount Herndon was overpaid for merchandise sales is repaid.


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