Trekkies, Hessians and absurdists, the day you didn’t know you’d been waiting for has arrived: William Shatner is working on a metal covers album! L.A. Weekly reports that Mike Inez (Alice in Chains), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) and Peter Frampton (Peter Frampton) will be manning the bridge. Other probable guest stars include Steve Howe (Yes), Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Brian May (Queen), Bootsy Collins (Parliament-Funkadelic) and the ghost of Ricardo Montalban (we wish).
Apparently all the songs are to have a “space” or “flying in space” theme. They will include “Space Odyssey” (The Byrds), “Iron Man” (Black Sabbath), “Learn to Fly” (Foo Fighters), “She Blinded Me with Science” (Thomas Dolby) and, inexplicably, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen).
At this point you may be asking yourself, why? Why is Shatner choosing to cover “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath instead of “Into the Void”? “Iron Man” is about a robot, but “Into the Void” is about space flight! Does he not know his science fiction-themed metal?! You may also be saying to yourself, the Byrds? Thomas Dolby? Does William Shatner even know what metal is?! Probably not. But I’m sure metalheads will gladly stretch the meaning of the genre to accommodate Captain Kirk.