Dave Grohl on Spotify Debate: 'I Don't Care If You Pay $1 or $20 for Our Music'
"This is what made me want to join a band, jump on stage and play music. If it weren't for that record store, I don't think I'd be here today," Grohl says. "I think it's important for everyone, kids and adults, to celebrate that kind of discovery by going into a little record store in your town that you've never been before and spend some time there and discover stuff you never knew existed becauses those discoveries can wind-up changing your life. And it's important that these places survive. And that they've there for the next generation to go in and hopefully do the same thing."
In a separate message posted on the RSD Website, Grohl continues, "I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial. Take an afternoon (and some hard earned lawn mowing money) and please support them."
Since being founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of independent music stores around the world, RSD has boasted numerous rock star ambassadors to help spread the word. The cadre until now has included Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes (2009), Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme (2010), Ozzy Osbourne (2011), Iggy Pop (2012), Jack White (2013) and Public Enemy leader and co-founder Chuck D (2014).
Record Store Day Retailers Report Big Spikes, Best-Ever Sales
RSD has had a measurable effect on sales. The independent record store sector collectively reported a 11.2% post-RSD gain in 2014, according to Nielsen SoundScan, in a week when overall U.S. album sales were down 2.2% compared with the previous year.