Metallica have a fan in Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl
Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl serves as the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2015, which is today (April 18). Grohl is especially pumped for the Metallica release, the band’s 1982 demo “No Life ’til Leather” on cassette. In fact, Grohl first heard Metallica via that cassette recording in the early ‘80s.
“I bought the first Metallica album on cassette from a mail-order catalog in 1983,” Grohl told Atlanta’s Creative Loafing. “I had never heard of them. I didn’t know anything about them other than they had a cool name, and the description said ‘thrash metal.’ I didn’t even know what that meant. I had listened to tons of punk rock music, and I loved Motörhead, but thrash metal? That sounded scary and cool.”
So, Grohl ordered Metallica’s “Kill ‘Em All” on cassette.
“I will be a diehard Metallica fan until the day I die because of that experience,” Grohl says. “It was like someone had sent me the Holy Grail.”
Grohl and Foo Fighters are release a record Record Store Day exclusive, too. Their 10-inch “Songs from the Laundry Room” EP will offer demos of early Foo Fighters songs “Alone + Easy Target” and “Big Me,” a cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” and a never-before-released track called “Empty Head.”
The Foos will also play a show on Record Store Day at the Record Connection in Niles, Ohio. Grohl actually was born near Niles in Warren, Ohio, and there’s actually a street named after the musician called Dave Grohl Alley.
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