The Week In Music: William Shatner Beaming Into Hell?
Fresh off his 80th birthday, actor William Shatner is set to go where no other "Star Trek" actor has gone before: metal. Shatner will receive the Honorary Headbanger Award at the third annual Revolver Golden Gods awards on April 20 in Los Angeles. "Short of receiving an Emmy for my superb voice, the Honorary Headbanger Award is the next best thing," said Shatner, who is known for his famous role as Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise. The captain will beam into L.A. to accept the award, which is presented to someone who has made their name outside of the metal world but still embodies the genre's spirit. The staff at TWIM wholeheartedly endorses Shatner's latest honor. After all, it doesn't get any more metal than commanding a Federation starship; hanging with dudes named Spock, Sulu and Bones; firing proton torpedoes at Klingons and Romulans; and forging peaceful relations with alien females. (Shatner's 1978 GRAMMY-winning spoken word rendition of Elton John's classic "Rocket Man is also pretty metal, and no doubt available on a YouTube near you.)
In other headbanging news, a group of rockers have joined forces to pay tribute to the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra. But this isn't your mother's Sinatra tribute album. Sin-atra features a collection of some of Ol' Blue Eyes' biggest hits, but with a dose of power chords, pounding bass, screaming guitar solos, and thunderous drums. Guest vocalists include Queensrÿche frontman Geoff Tate ("Summer Wind"), Twisted Sister's Dee Snider ("It Was A Very Good Year"), former Judas Priest vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens ("Witchcraft"), Cheap Trick's Robin Zander ("Fly Me To The Moon"), and Mr. Big's Eric Martin ("Lady Is A Tramp"), among others. You can preview the sinful songs here. And if you need even more metal tribute album fare, try Butchering The Beatles: A Headbashing Tribute on for size.
In a collaboration that is sure to be a winning one, Snoop Dogg and Charlie Sheen have been photographed jamming in a recording studio. On March 25 Sheen, who you could say has been in the news of late, posted a photo of himself with Snoop Dogg and Korn guitarist Rob Patterson on his Twitter page, along with the tweet: "Warlock [we're guessing that's Sheen] meets his makers-music makers that is @SnoopDogg @robpatterson666 get ready to rock the Sheenius within!" Sounds like it ain't nothin' but a Sheenius thang.
With makeup kits, action figures, shot glasses, caskets, and dartboard sets among their purported 2,500 licenses, Kiss is arguably music's supreme merchandising juggernaut. But this is also a band with an eye for safety, as evidenced by the release of the new Gene Simmons condom. Graphic Armor Inc. and Condomania teamed with the Demon for the set of Kiss Kondoms, which feature his infamous tongue and are reportedly the first Food and Drug Administration-approved picture condoms. "With Gene's tongue leading the way once again, I am confident we are about to see an explosion of marketing messages and logos displayed on millions of condoms in action," said Adam Glickman, CEO of Condomania. Paul Stanley fans, don't fret. The hotter than hell "Studded Paul" set, featuring an image of the Starchild on textured latex, will be released in June.
You know what they say, there's nothing more beautiful than a pregnant woman. But what exactly should a woman do to jazz up her protruding belly for the lengthy nine-month pregnancy? If you're GRAMMY winner Mariah Carey, you dress it up with a colorful butterfly design. Perhaps as an ode to her 1997 release, Butterfly, Carey posted a photo of her butterfly-painted belly on her Twitter page, tweeting, "My attempt @ festiveness on 327! For ATLITL thank u + I♥U! Comin soon #dembabies! LYMA+thanx 4 making me happy:)." According to a Los Angeles Times report Carey and Nick Cannon's twins are officially due on May 14, but could dem babies come early? It's always possible, and it'd be a sweet, sweet fantasy if they do.
It's been almost two months since Michael Bublé picked up Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album honors for Crazy Love at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, and now the Canadian pop singer seems to be crazy in love. On March 31 Bublé married Argentine TV actress Luisana Lopilato in a civil ceremony in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The couple plans to tie the knot in true pop star fashion with a full ceremony at a mansion just outside Buenos Aires next month, and another wedding in Vancouver, British Columbia. Looks like it's time for Bublé to write a follow-up to "Haven't Met You Yet."
March Madness will officially come to an end this Monday as the NCAA crowns its 2011 men's basketball champion. But what about top of the rock? Earlier this month, ESPN's Herd Rock Band Bracket began with 64 rock bands vying for rock and roll royalty, but only one band emerged victorious. This fearsome-foursome didn't need any help, discarding with the likes of Creed, Def Leppard, Pearl Jam, Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, and Led Zeppelin. Find out who took the crown, and view the final bracket breakdown, here.
Finally, if you believed William Shatner won a GRAMMY for "Rocket Man," you are a victim of April Fools' Day. (However, Shatner did receive a GRAMMY nomination for Best Spoken Word Recording in 1976.)
Katy Perry's "E.T." featuring Kanye West is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Black Eyed Peas' "Just Can't Get Enough" is tops on the iTunes singles chart.
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