Metallica have released the concert recording from the ‘I Am the Highway’ tribute show for the late Soundgarden frontman, Chris Cornell. The heavy metal legends performed ‘All Your Lies’ and ‘Head Injury’ from the Seattle rocker’s 1988 album Ultramega OK at a show dedicated to Cornell in 2019. The band has now shared the brilliant live-recorded covers as part of their vinyl club.
The artwork for the new release is a take on Metallica’s 2016 opus Hardwired… To Self-Destruct and is a multi-faceted mural incorporating Cornell’s face front and centre. It was actually Pearl Jam’s bassist, Jeff Ament who designed the new artwork.
Drummer Lars Ulrich explained in a statement: “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.”
He carried on: “What an honour to have known you, to have shared the stage with you and created next level memories, and ultimately to nave been included in the L.A. 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.”
Cornell’s family have also taken to social media to thank Metallica for honouring the late icon. Cornell’s widow, Vicky, and children Toni and Christopher, wrote: “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.”
They added: “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. Loudlove. Vicky, Toni and Christopher.”
Toni also wrote separately online: “Thank you Metallica for honouring my dad and helping keep his memory alive.”
Listen to ‘All Your Lies’, below.