Time to dust off the record player and make a list of the local record stores in your area because Record Store Day is almost upon us! If you are not familiar with the day, don’t worry, the idea started back in 2007, but is quickly gaining popularity every year. What is unique to this day are the number of bands releasing special editions of songs, albums, and live albums.
This is 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.
Metallica will be the Ambassador for this years event.
This year the band’s official release will fit into a wider theme of Record Store Day 2016, highlighting the relationship between US record stores and their French counterparts, between Record Store Day and ‘Disquaire Day’, between music-loving humans in the US 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, with the band, Record Store Day and independent record stores donating proceeds to benefit Fondation de France’s Give For France charity (details here)
Now go drag your kids away from their phones, and show them how it was for every music lover when they wanted to discover new tunes from their favorite bands and new bands!