Thursday, April 14, 2011

WILLIAM SHATNER Album with lots of special guests; Details Revealed

Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records has inked legendary actor William Shatner to a worldwide recording deal for a space-themed concept album entitled "Searching For Major Tom" (formerly "Seeking Major Tom"), to be released later this year.

Comprised of 19 "interpretations" of classic intergalactic rock anthems, the release features guest appearances by Ritchie Blackmore (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE), Ian Paice (DEEP PURPLE), Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE), Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, ROD STEWART, OZZY OSBOURNE), Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS) and Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, SCORPIONS).

Of Wylde, Shatner previously said, "He's fantastic! I'm energized." Wylde was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Shatner and added, "He's super cool, we had an awesome time working together."

"Searching For Major Tom" track listing:

01. Space Trucking (DEEP PURPLE)

* Ian Paice (DEEP PURPLE) on drums
* Johnny Winter on guitar

02. She Blinded Me With Science (THOMAS DOLBY)

* Bootsy Collins on bass
* Patrick Moraz (YES, MOODY BLUES) on keyboards/synthesizers

03. In A Little While (U2)

* Manuel Gottsching (ASH RA TEMPEL) on guitar

04. Empty Glass (THE TEA PARTY)

* Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, SCORPIONS) on guitar

05. Lost In The Stars (FRANK SINATRA version)

* Ernie Watts on saxophone

06. Twilight Zone (GOLDEN EARRING)

* Warren Haynes (GOV'T MULE, ALLMAN BROTHERS) on guitar

07. Space Cowboy (STEVE MILLER)

* Brad Paisley on guitar and vocals

08. Rocket Man (ELTON JOHN)

* Steve Hillage (GONG) on guitar

09. Space Oddity (DAVID BOWIE)

* Ritchie Blackmore (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW) on guitar
* Alan Parsons on keyboards

10. Spirit In The Sky (NORMAN GREENBAUM)

* Peter Frampton on guitar

11. Bohemian Rhapsody (QUEEN)

* John Wetton (ASIA) on bass and vocals

12. Silver Machine (HAWKWIND)

* Wayne Kramer (MC5) on guitar

13. Major Tom (PETER SHILLING)

* Nick Valensi (THE STROKES) on guitar
* Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS) on bass

14. Learning to Fly (PINK FLOYD)

* Edgar Froese (TANGERINE DREAM) on guitar and keyboards

15. Mr. Spaceman (THE BYRDS)

* Dave Davies (THE KINKS) on guitar

16. Iron Man (BLACK SABBATH)

* Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) on guitar and vocals

17. Planet Earth (Duran Duran)

* Steve Howe (YES) on guitar

18. Walking On The Moon (THE POLICE)

* Toots (TOOTS & THE MAYTALS) on vocals

19. Mrs. Major Tom

* Female guest vocalist to be announced

William Shatner will be presented with the Honorary Headbanger Award at the third annual Revolver Golden Gods award show presented by Epiphone on Wednesday, April 20, at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. Revered for his role as Captain James T. Kirk on "Star Trek", Shatner will be on hand to accept his award, an honor Revolver magazine bestows each year to someone who has made their name outside of the metal world but still embodies its spirit.

"Short of receiving an Emmy for my superb voice, the Honorary Headbanger Award is the next best thing. Praise be you won't hear me sing," said William Shatner.

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