Spock may not think the merging of Shatner and Metal to be a logical one — but at this point in 2011, William Shatner is becoming more metal than ever. And even at his age of 80, there seems to be no stopping the once Captain of the USS Enterprise, for this year he will be releasing a metal album, as we reported on several weeks ago. To acknowledge his efforts not only towards his current album project, entitled Seeking Major Tom, but also for his entire epic career, William Shatner will next month be awarded the Honorary Headbanger Award at the annual Revolver Awards.
The Revolver Golden Gods is an awards ceremony to recognize all metal, held every year. The Honorary Headbanger Award is handed out to someone who is not necessarily seen as being in the metal community, but embodies the spirit of metal. With his upcoming album featuring collaborative efforts with numerous metal artists, and his long career in Star Trek and acting in other roles over the years, Shatner is an artist of determination who continually breaks down the doors of what people think he should do (or if people just think it to be… odd).
Personally speaking, I think Shatner is a legend and his attitude is truly embodied in every project he’s taken on — and it shows with the results. His music work outside of Star Trek and acting might not ever be seen as “trendy” by those who focus on what crap is in the music charts; but it’s timeless, memorable, and stands the test of time above and beyond any pop crap out there. For the most part, this is the same as some of the underground metal artists from days gone by as well. Revolver’s pick, this year, may have been timely for press reasons — but it’s certainly a worthy and earned choice.
And Shatner agrees:
“Short of receiving an Emmy for my superb voice, the Honorary Headbanger Award is the next best thing. Praise be you won’t hear me sing…”
William Shatner’s upcoming space metal album, Seeking Major Tom, features a track listing of heavy metal and hard rock covers that The Shat has selected and arranged into a concept story. He collaborated with a variety of artists for the album from the realm of the rock/metal genres, including Ian Paice and Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple, Mike Inez from Alice in Chains, and Zakk Wylde from the Ozzy Osbourne band and Black Label Society.
The Revolver Golden Gods awards will be held this year on April 20 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. There will be a range of performances from bands such as Cherie Curry, Max Cavalera, the reunited Alice Cooper group, Sebastian Bach, and Avenged Sevenfold. Alice Cooper will also be receiving the Golden God Award, which sounds like a “lifetime achievement award,” but actually means that “this band or artist personifies and defines metal.” Interesting choice, as is the band selected for the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, being Motley Crue.
Undoubtedly, the selection of nominees, winners, performers, and hosts will stir debate among metalheads. As long as I’ve been a metalhead (which is a long time, because we didn’t even have the wheel invented back then) every single metal fan has their very clear definition as to what “is” and “is not” metal. Either way, it sounds like a hell of a show — and I’m kind of happy to see that metal and hard rock has its own awards/recognition ceremony. Now if we can only get Revolver to perhaps pay attention to and award some of the unsigned underground metal acts out there….