Video footage of METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich sharing some of his early record store memories can be seen below.
METALLICA has been announced as the 2016 ambassadors for Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent music retailers and record store culture that is set this year for Saturday, April 16. Ulrich said: “Independent record stores are part of METALLICA‘s DNA. They have been pivotal in shaping each one of us into the music fanatics we’ve all become. We could not be any prouder to be Record Store Day Ambassadors for 2016 and are looking forward to screaming from every rooftop the next few months about everything independent record store and beyond.”
Previous ambassadors have included FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl and Jack White.
Throughout the nine years that Record Store Day has been in existence, METALLICA has participated with events and special releases.
The band did a meet-and-greet with fans at Rasputin Records in Mountain View, California back in 2008 to help kick off the very first Record Store Day.
Last year the group issued a cassette version of its original 1982 demo, “No Life ‘Til Leather”, which ended up being Record Store Day 2015’s biggest seller.
Following the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, METALLICA‘s release for this year’s Record Store Day will be “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live At Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003”, a CD featuring a live recording of METALLICA performing at the same venue that was the site of the deadliest of the November attacks.
Proceeds from sales of the CD will benefit Fondation de France’s Give For France charity.
METALLICA will also release deluxe reissues of its first two albums, 1983’s “Kill ‘Em All” and 1984’s “Ride The Lightning”, on Record Store Day. In addition, the band will perform live at Berkeley, California’s legendary record store Rasputin Music on Saturday, April 16.