Recently, Metallica were announced as Ambassadors for the this April’s Record Store Day celebration. Now, Metallica have revealed they will perform live at the legendary record store Rasputin Music in Berkeley, CA on Saturday, April 16. Even better, they are inviting fans to join them on this special day to experience the passion for music that lives on in local record stores around the world.
“Getting loud, noisy and sweaty at Rasputin’s on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley transports Metallica right back to the core of its Bay Area beginnings,” said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. “We can’t wait to celebrate Record Store Day while shaking up the East Bay old-school style.”
Rasputin Music customers and Met Club members are invited to be in the audience for this very intimate performance. Fans will have two ways to win.
1. Visit Rasputin Music in Berkeley (located at 2401 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704) between now and April 10th to fill out a ballot for your chance to win ONE ticket to the special performance.
2. Met Club members can enter here to win ONE ticket to the performance.
Read all guidelines and additional fine print details here.
Metallica are no strangers to Record Store Day, now in its ninth year, a special day in support of independent record stores and record store culture worldwide. Metallica’s support throughout the years has been more than noteworthy with in-store appearances, (remember Mountain View, CA Rasputin Records in 2008, when the band met their fans for hours to kick off the very first Record Store Day) and a healthy handful of special releases.
Band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo made big news last year when Metallica’s cassette-issued demos collection, No Life Til Leather, ended up as Record Store Day 2015’s highest seller. Also, Trujillo’s lauded biopic, Jaco, about legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius, was RSD 2014’s Official Film and a special Record Store Day exclusive version was released on DVD for Black Friday 2015, including a bonus CD featuring tracks from Trujillo himself.
This year, the band’s official release will fit into a wider theme of Record Store Day 2016, highlighting the relationship between U.S. record stores and their French counterparts, between Record Store Day and ‘Disquaire Day’, between music-loving humans in the U.S. and France, following the tragic events in Paris in November 2015. Metallica will release Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003, a CD featuring a live recording from the club. The band, Record Store Day and independent record stores will donate proceeds to benefit Fondation de France’s Give For France charity (details here).
About Record Store Day: Record Store Day, the organization, is managed by the Department of Record Stores and is organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and promotes independent record stores year-round with events, special releases and other fun things. Record Store Day, the global celebration of the culture of the record store, takes place annually in April.