Record Store Day is proud to announce the appointment of Ozzy Osbourne as Record Store Day Ambassador 2011. The annual independent music retail celebration will take place on April 16.

Ozzy fans who come out to support RSD will have the first chance to purchase a special 7" vinyl single of "Diary of a Madman"'s "Flying High Again" (with a live version of "I Don't Know" as the B-side), along with full-length vinyl versions of the newly expanded 30th anniversary editions of his "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman" albums.

"We were thrilled when the inaugural position was held in 2009 by the Eagles of Death Metal front man Jesse "Boots Electric" Hughes, and was then followed in 2010 by QOTSA/Them Crooked Vultures' Joshua Homme," Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz said in a statement. "We really didn't know who could top this trajectory of camp and circumstance and, needless to say, we were gobsmacked when Ozzy stepped up to the plate."

In a statement, the ambassador himself submitted a command to all shoppers, "I now have the power to command you to attend Record Store Day, April 16th. Be there!" (see video below)

For more information on exclusive Record Store Day events, products and participants click here.

OZZY RSD Reel from Record Store Day on Vimeo.