On Tuesday, Record Store Day announced that the members of Metallica will serve as the ambassadors for Record Store Day 2016. Record Store Day will be celebrating its ninth annual edition on April 16. The news was reported by Entertainment Weekly.
Metallica will release a live album recorded at Le Bataclan in 2003 as part of a joint effort with France’s Disquaire Day. Titled Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Batalcan. Paris, France – June 11th 2003, profits from the album will benefit Fondation de France’s Give For France charity.
In a press release, drummer Lars Ulrich said,
“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.”
Le Bataclan was attacked in Novemeber last year under a series of attacks at different locations in Paris. Eighty-nine people were killed at the concert hall during an Eagles of Death Metal show including one of their merchandise managers.
Founded in 2007, Record Store Day celebrates the culture of the independently owned record stores. The day brings together fans, artists and different stores who hold their own store party, celebrating their individuality and positing themselves within the culture.