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William Shatner Talks To Metal Hammer

Well, the sci-fi legend is releasing a rock album. It had to happen

“As I began to listen with enthusiasm to rock ’n’ roll, this sound called ‘heavy metal’ began to intrude, and the thought was, ‘this is the next level of dissent’,” says the actor on his first encounters with metal. “And now, having done some of the heavy metal songs, I realise what it’s all about, which is the energy, the passion, and I’m slowly evolving my musical taste, as a result of the work I’m doing.”

The album sees Shatner working with such rock legends as Zakk Wylde, Michael Schenker and Ritche Blackmore, and features cover versions of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” among others.

You can check out the rest of the online article here (opens in new tab) , and Metal Hammer promises an even longer interview in print form in a future issue.

Dave Golder
Freelance Writer

Dave is a TV and film journalist who specializes in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He's written books about film posters and post-apocalypses, alongside writing for SFX Magazine for many years.