Metallica release Bataclan live album


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Metallica will release a live album recorded at the Bataclan.

It’s called Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan, Paris, France – June 11th, 2003.

All profits will go directly to the victims of the Paris attacks, in which 130 people were killed and another 398 injured across the French capital last November.

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89 people died at the Bataclan Theatre during an Eagles of Death Metal gig.

Three heavily armed gunmen opened fire on the crowd and 99 more were taken to hospital.

Metallica announced that they were the official ambassadors for Record Store Day 2016 and this live album is their official release.

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You’ll be able to buy it on Saturday 16 April from independent record stores and on the band’s website.

An exact replica of their 1982 demo tape No Life ‘Til Leather was one of the top-selling Record Store Day releases in 2015.

In a video on the band’s website, frontman James Hetfield said they were lifelong supporters of indie retail.

“We grew up with it and no-one would play our stuff, so that was where we would meet friends, meet fans, hang out at the record stores and get to find out what cool new music was out there.”

Drummer Lars Ulrich said independent record stores were a part of Metallica’s DNA.

“They have been pivotal in shaping each one of us into the music fanatics we’ve all become.

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“We could not be any prouder to be Record Store Day Ambassadors for 2016 – we’re looking forward to screaming from every rooftop about every independent record store and beyond.”

The ambassador for Record Store Day 2015 was Dave Grohl, who followed Jack White in 2014.

Metallica are also putting out two other new releases around Record Store Day. The deluxe editions of their first two albums Kill ‘Em All and Ride The Lightning will come out on 15 April.

What is Record Store Day?

The first Record Store Day was in 2008. Since then it’s been held globally on the third Saturday of April each year to get people off their computers and into independent record stores.

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CD sales have suffered heavily in an increasingly digital music industry. However, Vinyl sales rose 64% in 2015.

Bands and artists from all over the world put out special releases only available in physical formats from independent record stores and gigs and other events are held in shops.

It’s expected that more than 25,000 music fans will head to their local record shops from the early hours on Saturday 16 April.

BBC Music is also partnering up with Record Store Day this year with special radio shows across the BBC, in particular on 6 Music.






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