This Record Store Day article was written by Adam Skirving, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse.
Thrash Metal heavyweights, and one of the biggest bands of the last 30 years, Metallica, have been announced as the Ambassadors for 2016’s Record Store DayEvent, which will take place in independently owned record stores across the world on Friday 15th April.
Record Store Day is an annualevent, and previous ambassadors have included Jack White, Dave Grohl, Iggy Pop, Josh Homme and Ozzy Osbourne, amongst a myriad of other legendary musicians.
Metallica announced their tenure in a video posted to their website.
A statement accompanying the video read: “We had the thrill of kicking off the very first Record Store Day by meeting many of you at an in-store appearance at Rasputin Music in Mountain View, CA in April of 2008. Eight years later, with many successful Record Store Days in the history books, we are humbled and honored to announce that we are 2016’s official Record Store Day Ambassadors!”
This year’s event will see Metallica reissue remastered versions of their first two albums; ‘Kill ‘Em All’ and ‘Ride The Lightning’ in three formats – CD, Vinyl, and Deluxe Boxset.
The boxsets for each album will “include original source material from the band’s personal collection with many never before heard or seen recordings along with books including rare photos and essays from those who were there.”
Furthermore, Metallica have announced the CD release of a 2003 live-recording from Le Bataclan, Paris, entitled ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan, Paris, France – June 11th, 2003′
A statement on their official website read: “This year’s Record Store Day theme is the support of our French family who suffered bewildering losses in 2015, so what better way to lend a hand than to visit the vaults and share our performance at Le Bataclan, Paris in June of 2003?”
The profits will go directly to victims of the Paris attacks.
‘Kill ‘Em All’ and ‘Ride The Lightning’ will be released on the 15th April, exclusively for Record Store Day
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