Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has been named as the official 2015 ambassador for Record Store Day, making him the public face of the annual celebration of independent record shops. Grohl follows in the footsteps of Chuck D and Jack White in the role and will release Songs From The Laundry Room, a 10-inch EP featuring previously unreleased Foo Fighters demos, covers, and songs, as part of the festivities on Record Store Day, April 18th.
Grohl said in a statement, “I found my calling in the back bin of a dark, dusty record store. 1975’s K-Tel’s Blockbuster 20 Original Hits By The Original Stars featuring Alice Cooper, War, Kool and the Gang,Average White Band and many more, bought at a small record shop in my suburban Virginia neighborhood, it was this record that changed my life and made me want to become a musician.”
Grohl added, “Growing up in Springfield, Virginia in the 70s and 80s, my local independent record stores were magical, mysterious places that I spent all of my spare time (and money) in, finding what was to eventually become the soundtrack of my life . . . These places became my churches, my libraries, my schools. They felt like home. And I don’t know where I would be today without them.”
Grohl also said that he believes the “power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well,” and said that he takes his own daughters to record stores to shop for classic rock albums on vinyl.
Grohl himself told us a while back that he once worked at a legendary and now-defunct record store:
“I worked at Tower Records when I was 18, 19, something like that, in Washington D.C. It was pretty fun. I always looked at Tower as the place you could get a job if you had a really funky haircut. Maybe you could get a job at the construction warehouse, but you’d kind of rather be surrounded by music.”
The official list of exclusive Record Store Day releases will be announced on March 10th.
Foo Fighters will begin a massive North American run in Washington D.C. on July 4th — the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Foo Fighters album.
The band is hitting a mix of stadiums and arenas as it supports the release of its eighth album, Sonic Highways.