?I’m going to copy and paste this article from my sister site LA Weekly pretty much wholesale, because I’m so excited I can barely type:
William Shatner is back in the studio working on yet
another great big pile of Shat-mazing, Incredibly Strange music. It’s
been over a week since Shatner first formally proclaimed Zakk Wylde’s
mad skills via Twitter (“Best, Bill”), but our sources on the scene confirm that some big metal heavy-hitters have been engaged to play backup to Captain Kirk.
Peter Frampton and Mike Inez (who will be playing “Iron Man” with
fellow Ozzy alum, Zakk Wylde) are definitely participating and our
source claims artists slated to perform (but who haven’t done their
parts yet) include Steve Howe of Yes, Ian Paice of Deep Purple and the
god among men, Brian May of Queen. Supposedly it’s only a matter of
scheduling that prevents confirmation (come on May, make this happen!).
Finally, it wouldn’t be a space themed album without the space man and
his self proclaimed Space Bass, Bootsy Collins!
(Caveat: some of these people might not appear on the final album.
Reportedly, Shatner runs a loose (space)ship and sessions are fun and
chaotic, nobody knowing how or when they’re gonna happen. Picture
session musicians standing next to their iPhones waiting for the “Bill
is ready RIGHT NOW” text.)
There are almost 20 songs slated for inclusion so far and all are to
have a “space” or “flying in space” theme. Um, ok, that is EXACTLY the
same as before, but who would want anything else from Captain Kirk?
Track list currently includes “Bohemian Rhapsody” (which May will
not be playing on-no joke), a Byrds song, “Space Odyssey,” “Iron Man,”
“Learn to Fly” and… wait for it… “SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE”!
Brace for impact, that one’s got a chance of replacing “Rocket Man” as
all time greatest Shatner moment.
WILLIAM SHATNER. SINGING AN ENTIRE ALBUM. OF SPACE-THEMED METAL COVERS. I may faint in pure bliss.