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Metallica Will Serve as 2016’s Record Store Day Ambassadors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Musicians James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo of Metallica take a bow onstage at CBS RADIO's third annual "The Night Before" at AT&T Park on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CBS)

Ever since its inception in 2008, Record Store Day has had a celebrity ambassador (with the one exception of its inaugural year, where the ambassadors, Metallica, were technically unofficial). Previous years have included the Eagles of Death Metal‘s Jesse Hughes (2009), Josh Homme (2010), Ozzy Osbourne (2011), Iggy Pop (2012), Jack White (2013), Chuck D (2014), and Dave Grohl (2015). Now, Metallica are getting their chance to be official ambassadors, as they will represent the day for 2016, which takes place over the weekend of April 15.

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In honor of their ambassadorship, Metallica will release deluxe edition reissues of their first two albums: 1983’s Kill ‘Em All and 1984’s Ride the Lightning. The remastered box sets will come with previously unreleased music, a book with unreleased photos, handwritten lyrics, videos, and more. Below, you can hear a live version of the debut’s “Phantom Lord,” recorded live in Paris in 1984, plus a garage demo of “Ride the Lightning.” You can also watch the band formally announce their involvement in a video. Get full Metallica/RSD details here.