Dave Grohl Remembers Hearing Metallica for the First Time

Image Courtesy of RecordStoreDay.comFoo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2015, happening April 18. One RSD release that he's really looking forward to is Metallica's 1982 demo No Life 'til Leather, which the band will be releasing on cassette. Grohl is quite familiar with the experience of listening to Metallica on cassette, as that's how he heard the band for the first time.

"I bought the first Metallica album on cassette from a mail-order catalog in 1983," Grohl tells 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."

Grohl then sent his money in the mail and received Metallica's debut album Kill 'Em All on a cassette tape.

"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.""

In addition to serving as ambassador, Grohl will also be releasing a record for Record Store Day: a 10-inch EP called Songs from the Laundry Room, featuring demos of early Foo Fighters singles "Alone + Easy Target" and "Big Me," plus a cover of Kim Wilde's "Kids in America," and a previously unreleased track called "Empty Head."

Foo Fighters will also be performing at the Record Connection in Niles, Ohio on Record Store Day. Grohl actually was born around the corner from Niles in Warren, Ohio, where there is a street named Dave Grohl Alley.

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