Metallica play California in-store show for Record Store Day – watch

The Record Store Day 2016 ambassadors rocked out in Berkeley yesterday

Metallica played a rare in-store show to a packed California record shop as part of Record Store Day celebrations yesterday (April 16).

The band are ambassadors for Record Store Day this year, and have a history with this particular shop, Rasputin Music, having done a meet and greet for Record Store Day at the store at the very first edition of the event, back in 2008.

They released ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live At Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003’ on CD as part of the event, in honour of victims of the massacre at Le Bataclan last year. The proceeds will go to charity.

Tickets to the in-store were both won by those who shop there, and given to Metallica fan club members.

Metallica streamed the show live from the store, with frontman James Hetfield also commenting on the role of record stores as part of the band’s ambassadorial role.

Hetfield said: “Metallica has been lifelong supporters of record stores and indie retail, because… well, because we grew up with it and no one would play our stuff, so that’s where would meet friends, meet fans, hang out at the record stores and get to find out what cool new music is out there.”

Watch the performance via YouTube, below:

Meanwhile, drummer Lars Ulrich has hinted that Metallica’s long-awaited new album might not be too far off, saying the long talked about record is “almost done” last week. The album would be the first since 2008 release ‘Death Magnetic’.

“I’d say it’s mostly done,” Ulrich said. “There are all these other responsibilities that have to be taken care of. Life in Metallica these days is not only about making a record; it’s about these things and we played a show at AT&T Park and he does this, I do this. We have all these sort of different things that we turn to. But the record gets worked on where there’s absolutely nothing else going on.”

He added “the record is well on its way. It may come out any century now, actually. There’s a saying: where there’s life, there’s hope.”