Bravest/maddest news of the week? To mark his 92nd birthday, legendary English actor Christopher Lee has released another EP of metal-ized covers called Metal Knight.
The EP has seven tracks based on the character of Don Quixote, and was recorded with Italian metal band Rhapsody of Fire.
Two tracks — “The Impossible Dream” and “I, Don Quixote” — were taken directly from the musical version of Don Quixote. The release also features a metallic cover of the Frank Sinatra classic “My Way.”
“As far as I am concerned, Don Quixote is the most metal fictional character I know,” Lee says. “Single handed, he is trying to change the world, regardless of personal consequences. It is a wonderful character to sing.”
“’My Way” is a very remarkable song,” he added. “It is also difficult to sing because you’ve got to convince people that what you’re singing about is the truth.”
The veteran actor is well known to a younger generation for playing Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels. He has appeared in more than 200 films… but can now add Metal God to his list of achievements. In 2013, Lee released a metal album called Charlemagne; The Omens of Death.
Did we already mention: he’s 92 years old. Here is Sir Christopher explaining his latest metal masterpieces with audio clips.