The folks responsible for the annual Record Store Day have announced that the Ambassador for Record Store Day 2016 will be Metallica. Since the very first Record Store Day in 2008, Metallica have embraced the concept and celebrated the culture of the indie record store with in-store appearances and special releases for both the April Saturday and Black Friday events.
For Record Store Day 2016, the band’s official release is a special live CD, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003, a live concert recording from the Paris theatre that became the focus of the world in November 2015. (Tracklist shown below) This release, and the charitable donation of its proceeds to Fondation de France’s Give For France charity, fits into a larger theme for Record Store Day 2016 that highlights the relationship between U.S. record stores and their French counterparts, between Record Store Day and Disquaire Day, between music-and-arts-loving humans in the United States, France and the world. More details to come.
From Lars Ulrich’s Ambassador Statement: “As music becomes available either through only the internet or in gigantic airport-size retail stores, it is more important than ever – actually vital – that all us fanatics continue to bring to light the importance of records, and to support to the maximum of our abilities the independent record store outlet. The good news is, of course, that vinyl is making a measurable comeback. But that is not enough for us to rest on our laurels. We must all bond continuously together and scream from every rooftop with our loudest voices, enlighten our kids, fly the flag, and beat the drum (!) to the best of our ability.
For independent record stores.
For people like you and me who live and breathe music twenty-four hours a day.”
Read Lars’ full Ambassador Statement here.
Watch the video of James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich as they discuss being chosen as 2016’s RSD Ambassador along with sharing their own personal experience with buying music when they were younger here.
To coincide with RSD in April, Metallica are also releasing reissues of Kill ‘Em All and Ride The Lightning. Find out the details and pre-order here.
Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003
The Four Horsemen
Fade to Black
Ride the Lightning
Seek & Destroy