Metallica Launch's Record Store Day 08

March 14, 2008


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METALLICA CONFIRM IN-STORE SIGNING AT RASPUTIN MUSIC IN CELEBRATION OF RECORD STORE DAY

March, 14, 2008: Austin, TX: While here at this SxSW 2008, organizers of RECORD STORE DAY in conjunction with Warner Bros. Records are pleased to announce that Metallica will officially launch Record Store Day on Saturday, April 19th, with an in-store signing and fan meet and greet at Rasputin Music’s Mountain View store near San Francisco, California (www.rasputinmusic.com). The event, the band’s first in-store appearance in nearly a decade, will also celebrate the 180 gram vinyl re-release of the band’s classic albums "Kill ‘Em All" and "Ride The Lightning" on April 15th.

The already heavily anticipated RECORD STORE DAY celebration will include the participation of hundreds of independently owned music stores across the country. All of these stores will simultaneously link and act as one with the purpose of celebrating the culture and unique place that they occupy both in their local communities and nationally. The support from musicians, fans, customers and the record industry by and large has been overwhelmingly evident from mash book entries. Visit: (www.recordstoreday.com)

"There’s nothing as glamorous to me as a record store. When I recently played Amoeba in LA, I realised what fantastic memories such a collection of music brings back when you see it all in one place. This is why I’m more than happy to support Record Store Day and I hope that these kinds of stores will be there for us all for many years to come. Cheers!" -- PAUL MC CARTNEY

“It’s important to keep indie record stores alive because their unique environments introduce music lovers to things in a very personal way.” – NORAH JONES

“I have watched independent record stores evaporate all over America and Europe. That's why I go into as many as I can and buy records whenever possible. If we lose the independent record store, we lose big. Every time you buy your records at one of these places, it's a blow to the empire.” –HENRY ROLLINS

"You can't roll a joint on an iPod - buy vinyl!" --SHELBY LYNNE

In addition to the above, record store stories from the likes of Cameron Crowe, Chuck Berry, Damien Rice, Damon Albarn, Del The Funky Homosapien, Ian Gillan, Joan Jett, kt Tunstall, Mike Patton, Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers), Patton Oswalt, Regina Spektor, Sam Phillips, Ziggy Marley, have been pouring in and the list keeps growing.

“For most indie record stores, the rumors of our demise are not just greatly exaggerated, they’re downright confusing,” says the organizers behind RECORD STORE DAY. As we continue to provide our communities with a rallying point for the arts, our customers are speaking loud and clear, “We’re not letting you guys go anywhere.”

Spearheaded by the Alliance of Independent Media Stores, Coalition Of Independent Music Stores, Music Monitor Network, Newbury Comics, Value Music Group of Indie Stores RECORD STORE DAY will work to set up special events at all participating stores on said date. The participating stores will provide customers with goodie bags filled with new formats, new releases, and exciting information on music, theatrical, comic book and gaming releases. They will also link to run extensive marketing campaigns both on a national level and a local level.

Prior to RECORD STORE DAY, the aforementioned coalitions hosted a successful introductory party on Saturday, March 15, at Waterloo Park here in Austin to further discuss this event. The Austin event was kicked into high gear with the announcement of the Metallica in-store. More news on this and other RECORD STORE DAY developments soon to come.

www.metallica.com
www.recordstoreday.com


For further information on Rasputin, please contact Perry Serpa at Good Cop Public Relations.
Phone 718 261-0174.
Email: perry@recordstoreday.com

For further information on Metallica, please contact Warner Bros. Records:
Brian Bumbery brian.bumbery@wbr.com 818-953-3203
Renee Harrison renee.Harrison@wbr.com 818-953-3311