It was a sweltering July day when Boise Weekly chatted with the legendary William Shatner about his busy schedule, including more TV and movie roles, a new book (he's written 30 bestsellers) and, get this, a Christmas album.
"That's absolutely true," Shatner told BW. "It will come out later this year."
As promised, the appropriately-titled Shatner Claus (Cleopatra Records, 2018) has dropped and includes everyone's favorite starship captain crooning "Silent Night" with Iggy Popp, "White Christmas" with Judy Collins and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" alongside ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. As expected, Shatner goes a bit off the rails on some of the tracks. For example, during "Jingle Bells," he stops mid-stanza and blurts out, "Oh, forget it. I had too much eggnog."
Shatner, who has recorded eight other albums (dating back to 1968), says a blues album is now in the works.
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