Shatner boldly goes into world of holiday music
Who’d have guessed more than 50 years ago when actor William Shatner brought Capt. James T. Kirk so vividly to life and helped establish “Star Trek” into a cultural touchstone, that the show’s famous “final frontier” might turn out to be … Christmas music?
The veteran actor, 87, has just released an album of Yuletide classics: “Shatner Claus – The Christmas Album,” for which he’s joined by a galaxy of pop, rock, country and other stars of contemporary music. Protopunk rocker Iggy Pop, folk-pop queen Judy Collins, country singer-songwriter-guitarist Brad Paisley, Jethro Tull flutist Ian Anderson, prog-rock keyboard wiz Rick Wakeman and ZZ Top guitar hero Billy Gibbons are among the baker’s dozen guest collaborators.
“Every song – good or bad – has my interpretation with the desire to bend it a little, or fulfill more fully its original desire,” Shatner said.