Metallica rolled out their vinyl subscription club in 2020, which offered fans rare cuts, demos, rough mixes, and live rarities on 7" vinyl. The most recent installation of the series were two Soundgarden covers recorded live at the 2019 I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell show at at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA. Even better, the cover of the record was a Cornell-themed version of the band's 2016 album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct artwork.
Cornell's family has since commented on the release.
"Thank you so much to Metallica for the love and appreciation that you have shown for Chris and for memorializing 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 honor him.
"Vicky, Toni and Christopher"
You can check out fan footage of Metallica's appearance at the tribute show below.