Metallica Named 2016's Record Store Day Ambassadors
Wed, 24 Feb 2016 19:32:04
Every year, Record Store Day selects an ambassador, and this year, they've chosen Metallica. The band will be releasing deluxe reissues of 1983's Kill 'Em All and 1984's Ride the Lightning.
Record Store Day is, according to the official website, "a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on. In 2008 a small list of titles was released on Record Store Day and that list has grown to include artists and labels both large and small, in every genre and price point. In 2015, 60% of the Record Store Day Official Release List came from independent labels and distributors. The list continues to include a wide range of artists, covering the diverse taste of record stores and their customers."
This isn't the first time Metallica has been part of Record Store Day, in fact they played a large part on the very first one. "On the first Record Store Day, Metallica spent hours at Rasputin Music in San Francisco meeting their fans," according to the event's official website. Since then, a slew of mainstream artists have acted as ambassadors for the event, including Jack White, Chuck D, and Dave Grohl.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff