The Foo Fighters will be one of the artists making high-profile shows of support for Record Store Day on April 16 when the Rosewell/RCA recording act plays a set at Fingerprints in Long Beach, Calif.
"I'm proud to be a part of Record Store Day," Foo Fighter founder and frontman Dave Grohl said in a statement. "I grew up discovering music that changed my life in record stores like Fingerprints and will always do everything I can to keep that experience alive for generations to come."
Record Store Day, held the third Saturday in April every year since its inaugural event in 2007, will feature numerous band appearances and limited-edition collectors' items this year. Indeed, the Foo Fighters will issue a special Record Store Day exclusive title, "Medium Rare", a vinyl-only compendium of the Foo Fighters' arsenal of classic cover tunes.
Beyond that, other special releases this year include a reissue of the Bad Brains' first 7" "Pay To Cum," the "test pressing vinyl edition" of Big Star's "Third"; a 7" from the DB's, with songs from their first new album in over two decades. Other artists coming out with 7"s for the day include Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, the New York Dolls, My Chemical Romance, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, the Yardbird, and the Cars, among others.
Artist performing that day at various record stores around the U.S. include Duff McKagen, Drive-By Truckers, Todd Rundgren, Ron Sexsmith, Duran Duran, My Morning Jacket, Dennis Coffey, the DBs and British Sea Power.
"Record Store Day has quickly become both an annual celebration of the indie record store culture and a day to revel in the glory of unique physical goods," said Fingerprints owner Rand Foster in a statement. "We are extremely proud to host a special Foo Fighters' in-store for this year's event; their 2011 covers album is a classic example of a great RSD exclusive. We are excited to be part of this year's RSD event, and happy to help keep the spirit of the record store going all year round."