March 17, 2008 / 10:37 PM / 10 years ago

Metallica plans rare in-store appearance for Bay Area

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Metallica will make its first in-store appearance in nearly a decade on April 19, as part of Record Store Day, a promotional event for independent music retailers.

Metallica's guitarist Kirk Hammett performs on stage during a concert in Aarhus, western Denmark July 13, 2007. REUTERS/ Claus Fisker/Scanpix

The band will participate in a signing and meet-and-greet at Rasputin Music’s Mountain View store, near San Francisco.

In addition to promoting the vinyl re-release of the band’s classic albums “Kill ‘Em All” and “Ride the Lightning,” Metallica’s appearance is meant to bolster the indie record store community.

Spearheaded by the Alliance of Independent Media Stores, Coalition of Independent Music Stores, Music Monitor Network, Newbury Comics and Value Music Group of Indie Stores, the inaugural Record Store Day will feature special events at all participating stores, which will provide customers with goodie bags filled with new formats, new albums and information on music, theatrical, comic book and gaming releases.


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