I'm sure you were expecting to hear about something like this, considering William Shatner is doing all kinds of random stuff these days. Sitcoms based on Twitter accounts, airfare commercials, and now a hard-rock album? Why not???
As LA Weekly reports, looks like the Shatmaster is currently conducting star-studded jam sessions in Los Angeles in preparation of this musical opus.
Peter Frampton and Mike Inez (who will be playing Iron Man with fellow Ozzy alum, Zakk Wylde) are definitely participating and our sources claims artists slated to perform (but who haven't done their parts yet) include Steve Howe of Yes, Ian Paice of Deep Purple and the god among men, Brian May of Queen. Supposedly it's only a matter of scheduling that prevents confirmation (come on May, make this happen!). Finally, it wouldn't be a space themed album without the space man and his self proclaimed Space Bass, Bootsy Collins!
There are more quotes from the LA Weekly's "source", whoever that may be, indicating that yes, THIS IS A REAL THING, and yes, it will somehow materialize in the not-so-distant future. Unless, of course, everyone involved thinks it's just TOO silly to actually happen.
LA Weekly also mentions that the album's supposed Track list currently includes "Bohemian Rhapsody" (which May will not be playing on-no joke), a Byrds song, "Space Odyssey," "Iron Man," "Learn to Fly" and... wait for it... "SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE"!
I expect us all to crawl out of our beds and hop on the Interwebz tomorrow only to find that this was all a ruse, a hoax conducted by Shatner just to see how gullible we all are, or perhaps to see just how powerful he really is. If we'd believe this, wouldn't we believe ANYTHING??
Or, this is real, in which case 2011 just got a little bit weirder.