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Star Trek icon William Shatner boldly goes into rock territory for Christmas album

Star Trek icon William Shatner has teamed up with a range of rock musicians for his first-ever festive release.

Titled Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album, it will land on October 26 via Cleopatra Records and boasts a galaxy of stars to give the record a harder edge.

He’ll be joined on the album, which features reimaginings of 14 festive favourites, by artists including Iggy Pop, Todd Rundgren, Billy Gibbons, Ian Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Brad Paisley, Judy Collins, Mel Collins, Artimus Pyle, Joe Louis Walker, Elliot Easton and Dani Bander.

And to mark the announcement, Shatner has released a stream of his version of Jingle Bells featuring none other than Henry Rollins. Listen to it below.

Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album is said to cover genres including jazz, blues, rockabilly, bossa nova and rock’n’roll, with both Gibbons and Rundgren delivering guitar solos.

It's now available for pre-order.

Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album
1. Jingle Bells feat. Henry Rollins
2. Blue Christmas feat. Brad Paisley
3. Little Drummer Boy feat. Joe Louis Walker 
4. Winter Wonderland feat. Todd Rundgren & Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
5. Twas The Night Before Christmas feat. Mel Collins (King Crimson)
6. Run Rudolph Run feat. Elliot Easton (The Cars)
7. O Come, O Come Emmanuel feat. Rick Wakeman (Yes)
8. Silver Bells feat. Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
9. One for You, One For Me
10. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer feat. Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
11. Silent Night feat. Iggy Pop
12. White Christmas feat. Judy Collins
13. Feliz Navidad feat. Dani Bander
14. Jingle Bells feat. Henry Rollins

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Star Trek icon William Shatner releases his first-ever festive album, featuring contributions from artists including Iggy Pop, Todd Rundgren, Billy Gibbons, Ian Anderson and Rick Wakeman.

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