That’s right, not only will Captain Kirk himself be on hand at the Revolver Golden Gods this year, but he’ll also be receiving an award. It’s been revealed that William Shatner will receive the “Honorary Headbanger Award” at this year’s metal award show. This award is bestowed upon a celebrity figure outside of the metal world but still “embodies the spirit.” In other words, Shatner is getting it because of his new album Seeking Major Tom, which features appearances from Zakk Wylde on a cover of “Iron Man,” Deep Purple’s Ian Paice, Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple), and Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez.
Shatner had the following to say about receiving the honor:
“Short of receiving an Emmy for my superb voice, the Honorary Headbanger Award is the next best thing. Praise be you won’t hear me sing.”
I know a lot of people felt I was a little harsh on Shatner before, but does anyone else think this is a bit much? I’m not by any means saying he isn’t anything less than awesome, but does Shatner seriously deserve a metal award simply because he’s collaborated with Zakk Wylde on a cover that won’t even be released until later in the year? Or am I taking this far too seriously than I should? Yeah, probably over-analyzing this far too much…
Well, one cool thing about this is that we might get to see a surprise performance from the “Honorary Headbanger” himself. While no actual performance has been confirmed, the Revolver Golden Gods Award Show would be a great place for Shatner to debut his “Iron Man” cover, don’t you think?