Christopher Lee Celebrates 92nd Birthday With Heavy Metal Version Of Don Quixote
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.27.2014
It's as great as it sounds...
Christopher Lee turned 92 today and is showing no signs of being less awesome. Billboard reports that the actor released a covers EP called Metal Knight with heavy metal versions of songs including two songs from the 1960s Don Quixote musical Man of La Mancha, along with two more songs.
In a promotional video, he said: "'Impossible Dream', in my opinion, is one of the greatest songs ever written."
He also sings "I, Don Quixote" from the same musical, along with "The Toreador March" from the opera Carmen and Frank Sinatra's "My Way" (written by Paul Anka). The latter two songs were recorded by Anka in 2006. The album includes extended verisons of the three opera pieces. It's a collaboration with Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody of Fire.
Lee said: "My Way is a very remarkable song. It is also difficult to sing because you've got to convince people that what you're singing about is the truth."
Lee's appeared on several soundtrakcs in his career but has only recently combined heavy metal and opera. His 2010 album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross won a Spirit of Metal Award from Metal Hammer magazine. That album was followed by Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, with music arranged by Judas Priest's Richie Faulkner.
In 2012 when he was 90, he became the oldest living performer to enter the Billboard charts with the metal Christmas Carol "Jingle Hell".