Record Store Day is less than two months away, with this year’s taking place on Saturday, April 16th. And while the opportunity to pick up rare and limited edition music from artists on CD and vinyl (and sometimes cassette) is incentive enough to coerce many to head to their nearest independent record store, RSD usually names an ambassador for the day. This year is no exception, and they’ve named Metallica to be 2016’s. As you might imagine, the band is excited, and Lars Ulrich commented on it:
“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.”
Metallica should be excited, especially since they own their own label, and the Black Album continues to sell upwards of 5,000 copies a week. They’re also coming out with deluxe and box set versions of Kill ’em All and Ride the Lightning in time for Record Store Day. But aside from that, the band will be releasing a Record Store Day-only release to tie in with RSD’s overarching theme, which is solidarity with France and “Disquaire Day,” their version of RSD. Metallic will release Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003, a CD that was recorded at the same venue where 89 people were massacred during an Eagles of Death Metal show in November. Metallica, Record Store Day and independent record stores will donate proceeds to benefit Fondation de France’s Give For France charity.
Here’s the track listing of the live CD:
“The Four Horsemen”
“Fade To Black”
“Ride The Lightning”
“Seek & Destroy”