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14th April 2011

captain kirk

Captain Kirk has gone Heavy Metal!! William Shatner has announced the track listing and details for his new space-inspired cover album, 'Searching For Major Tom'.

The album will feature a large number of Heavy Metal covers, as well as songs by U2, Frank Sinatra, Queen and Pink Floyd.

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Here's the track list:

'Space Trucking' Originally By Deep Purple: Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice on drums. Johnny Winter on guest guitar.

'She Blinded Me With Science' Originally By Thomas Dolby: Bootsy Collins is guest bassist. Patrick Moraz (Ex Yes And Moody Blues) is guesting on keyboards/synth.

'In A Little While' Originally By U2: - Manuel Gottsching from Ash Ra Tempel has added guitar.

'Empty Glass' Originally By The Tea Party: Michael Schenker (UFO/Scorpions) on guest guitar.

'Lost In The Stars' As Done By Frank Sinatra: - Jazz legend Ernie Watts is on guest saxophone.

'Twilight Zone' Originally By Golden Earring: Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule/Allman Brothers) on guest guitar.

'Space Cowboy' Originally By Steve Miller: Country artist Brad Paisley has added guitar and vocals.

'Rocket Man' Originally By Elton John: Guitarist Steve Hillage (Ex Gong Member And Current Member Of Techno Rock Duo System 7) has added guest guitar.

'Space Oddity' Originally By David Bowie: Ritchie Blackmore (Ex-Deep Purple) is on guest guitar. Alan Parsons adds guest keyboards.

'Spirit In The Sky' Originally By Norman Greenbaum: Peter Frampton plays guitar.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' Originally By Queen: John Wetton from Asia has played bass and done a vocal.

'Silver Machine' Originally By Hawkwind: Wayne Kramer From The MC5 plays guitar and Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart) is guest drummer.

'Major Tom' Originally By Peter Shilling: Nick Valensi, guitarist from The Strokes adds guest guitar. Also Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourn, Black Label Society) And Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) have contributed to this track.

'Learning To Fly' Originally By Pink Floyd: Edgar Froese from Tangerine Dream plays guitar and keyboards.

'Mr Spaceman' Originally By The Byrds: Dave Davies From The Kinks adds guest guitar.

'Iron Man' Originally By Black Sabbath: Zakk Wylde played guitar and did a vocal.

'Planet Earth' Originally By Duran Duran: Steve Howe, guitarist with Yes, played guitar on this track.

'Walking On The Moon' Originally By The Police: Toots Of Toots & The Maytals adds a guest vocal.

'Mrs Major Tom' Female Singer to add a track - To Be Announced



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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