Metallica have issued two live Soundgarden covers on vinyl. The tracks were recorded at the band’s performance at the I Am The Highway show, held in tribute to late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.
Metallica’s versions of All Your Lies and Head Injury were recorded at the concert, which took place in LA in January 2019. It also featured Melvins, Taylor Momsen, Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and many more.
Metallica’s Drummer Lars Ulrich commented: “Thank you for your musk, thank you for the words, for your thoughts… Thank you for the shows, thank you for the good times, for putting yourself out there… and thank you, along with your fellow bandmates, for giving us something that inspired us, excited us, meant something, moved us, and not only gave us belief in the possibilities, but turned us the fuck on.
“What an honour to have known you, to have shared the stage with you and created next level memories, and ultimately to have been included in the LA celebration of your life, which allowed us the opportunity to share with the world just how much your music and your brilliance meant to us.
“Here are two of our favourite old-school Soundgarden tracks from that special night.”
Cornell’s widow Vicky added in a social media post: “Thank you so much to Metallica for the love and appreciation that you have shown for Chris and for memorialising that love, admiration and support from your performances at the I Am The Highway tribute on this truly amazing and special vinyl.
“Joining the tribute concert meant so much to me and my children and to so many fans around the world… And I know how proud Chris would be, not only because you were there as his friends, but also because he was such a huge Metallica fan.
“Thank you so much and thank you Lars for your very kind words about Chris. It is true that ‘a man is not dead while his name is still spoken.’ Thank you for continuing to honour him.”
The vinyl tribute to Chris Cornell can be ordered from Metallica’s official webstore. The performances were also filmed and uploaded to YouTube. Take a look below.