Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich paid his tribute to late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell by writing an emotional letter as Metallica released a ‘Tribute To Chris Cornell’ vinyl as a part of their Vinyl Club.

Chris Cornell was one of the greatest singers in the community back in the days, and he recorded countless amount of hit songs with both Soundgarden and Audioslave. Unfortunately, the singer committed suicide in 2017.

Following the passing of Chris, a tribute concert, named ‘I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell,’ arranged to honor his legacy. In this show, the musicians and bands such as Metallica, Adam Levine, and more.

Amid the ‘Black Album’ re-releases, Metallica wanted to mourn the death of Chris by releasing a vinyl from their live performances at ‘I Am Ther Highway’ content, in which they played ‘All Your Lies’ and ‘Head Injury.’

While releasing the vinyl, Lars Ulrich also shared a message in the name of Chris and thanked him for everything he has done for the community. In Lars’ words, Chris inspired, excited, and turned on the music industry. Afterward, Lars stated that he is honored to know such a great star.

Later on, Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell shared her feelings about Metallica’s great gesture as well as Lars’ kind words and said that this means a lot for the Cornell family. While saying that Chris would be proud of them, she also revealed that he was a huge Metallica fan.

Here is how Lars Ulrich honored Chris Cornell:

“Thank you, Chris. Thank you for your music, thank you for the words, thank you 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 honor 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.”

Vicky Cornell responded to Metallica and Lars’ special gesture:

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 Ulrich 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.”

Chris’ daughter Toni Cornell also added this comment:

“Thank you, Metallica for honoring my dad and helping keep his memory alive.”

You can check out the post below.

Photo Credit: Vicky Cornell – Instagram