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Beam Me Up, Major Tom! William Shatner records with Zakk Wylde!

on January 27, 2011, 10:50am

shatner wylde Beam Me Up, Major Tom! William Shatner records with Zakk Wylde!

You have to give it to William Shatner. After shaking off the Star Trek mask, he’s become one of showbiz’s most obscure talents. His sultry voice, his tongue-in-cheek machismo, and his knack for keeping up-to-date on pop-culture just sells him as a modern comic. To think, it all goes back to 1998′s highly-underrated Free Enterprise. Anyways, if you’re familiar with his music career, outside of his spoken word cover of “Rocket Man” and 1968′s The Transformed Man, you’ll know he recorded quite a gem back in 2004. Alongside Ben Folds and other guests, Has Been, technically, could have made a few critic’s year-end lists… no kidding. His cover of Pulp’s “Common People” made Jarvis Cocker sound like a child. That’s why we’re pretty stoked to see what he has up his sleeves with his forthcoming record, Seeking Major Tom, which features none other than Zakk Wylde.

Wha-wha-what?

Yes, the two of them are in the studio working together, at least according to Shatner’s recent tweets: “Just watched tracks being laid down by Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society for my upcoming record SEEKING MAJOR TOM.” “Zakk is one of the great guitarists who played with Ozzy Osbourne. A master playing a cover of ‘Iron Man’. He’s fantastic! I’m energized.” Judging from the enthusiasm, it sounds like their newfound pals! They even posted a YouTube clip of them jamming, or something like that…

No telling what this record might sound like, but we should probably assume the best. Admittedly, a metal record with Shatner sounds like it could be “jumping the shark”, but you never know. But hey, if those Priceline commercials get us…

We’re not even trying to be ironic.

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