Metallica Named 2016 Record Store Day Ambassador, Announces New Live CD

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Metallica performing on May 9, 2015 in Las Vegas. 

This year's Record Store Day is set for April 16. With a multitude of vinyl exclusives set to descend on independent record stores across America, the annual event has announced its 2016 ambassador -- Metallica.

The metal legends broke the news Tuesday (Feb. 23) in an eight-minute video featuring all four members recounting their lifelong vinyl love. Check it out here:

But that's not all. What would a record store day ambassador be without a special record store day release? The same day, Metallica will release a new live album called Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! featuring nine tracks recorded at a 2003 gig at Paris’ Bataclan, the same venue victimized by the Nov. 2015 Paris attacks. All proceeds from the LP will go towards the Fondation de France's Give For France charity.

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Metallica has a long history of involvement with Record Store Day. In 2008, the band hung out with fans at Rasputin Records in Mountain View, Calif., to help promote the event's inaugural year. And last year, the reissue of Metallica's 1982 demo cassette, No Life Til Leather, was crowned Record Store Day's top seller.

"Independent record stores are part of Metallica's DNA," drummer Lars Ulrich said in an official statement. "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."

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Last year's ambassador was Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl, preceded by Chuck D. in 2014 and Jack White in 2013.

Earlier this month, Metallica detailed plans to reissue its first two albums, 1983's Kill ‘Em All and 1984's Ride the Lightning. Both of these vault-opening box sets were scheduled to be released April 15, which now, conveniently, arrives just a day ahead of Record Store Day.

All this comes while Metallica is working on its so-far-untitled 10th studio album. It's certainly a busy time to be James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo or Lars Ulrich.

Below, find the track listing for Metallica's forthcoming live album, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! - Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France - June 11th, 2003.

1. "The Four Horsemen"
2. "Leper Messiah"
3. "No Remorse"
4. "Fade to Black"
5. "Frantic"
6. "Ride the Lightning"
7. "Blackened"
8. "Seek and Destroy"
9. "Damage, Inc."


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