Black Sabbath, Queen Covered By William Shatner On New Album
William Shatner -- yes, the one that became a cultural touchstone for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, captain of 'Star Trek'‘s USS Enterprise -- isn’t as well known for his musical offerings, but he has unleashed a half-dozen records over the course of his four-decade singing career. On Oct. 11, he’ll add to his musical legacy with release of an album of covers, ‘Seeking Major Tom.’
The 19-track disc leans heavy on classic rock, with covers of everybody from Black Sabbath and the Byrds to Queen and U2 represented. It’s also features an extensive collection of A-list collaborators, including Bootsy Collins, Peter Frampton and current and former members of the Allman Brothers Band, Alice in Chains, Asia, Deep Purple, the Kinks, the Scorpions, the Strokes, Yes, Rod Stewart’s backing band and even country star Brad Paisley making guest appearances.
The space-themed ‘Seeking Major Tom’ – the title references Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity,’ a cover of which is featured on the album -- follows Shatner’s 2007 offering, ‘Exodus: An Oratorio in Three Parts.’ Fans who can’t quite wait until Oct. 11 to hear it (and really, who can wait that long?) can get a sneak peak by listening to his cover of the Sabbath classic ‘Iron Man’ with ex-Ozzy Osbourne/current Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde here.