Thursday, April 28, 2011

William Shatner: Honorary Headbanger

Captain Kirk rocks?


Last week, legendary actor, recording artist and author William Shatner was presented with the Honorary Headbanger Award at the third annual Revolver Golden Gods Award Show, held at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles.

Revered for his role as Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek, Shatner was 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.

“When Revolver asked me to come down,” said Shatner, “it seemed like a natural thing to do – to go from Zakk Wylde to this. I’m just thrilled to be among this enthusiastic group of people filled with heavy metal emotion.”

Later this year, Shatner will officially prove the latter with his new album, “Searching For Major Tom” (formerly “Seeking Major Tom’), which features collaborations with hard-rock musicians including Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Paice of Deep Purple, and, on a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society and Mike Inez of Alice in Chains.

For a full song/artist list, click here.

Shatner gained a new appreciation for hard rock/heavy metal while making the album.

“It’s increased my awareness of the excitement of heavy metal music, the emotion behind it, and the expertise of the musicians. I like good music and this is what this is,” he added.

William Shatner – interview
Revolver Golden God Awards – Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA – April 20, 2011

William Shatner – Rocket Man
Science Fiction Film Awards (1978)

See also:

William Shatner album to feature Zakk Wylde, Ritchie Blackmore, Peter Frampton & more
William Shatner to receive Honorary Headbanger Award
Zakk Wylde and William Shatner to cover Black Sabbath classic