Progressive rocker is the newest hat "Star Trek" actor William Shatner is wearing, as the former Captain Kirk announced the release of his concept album "Ponder the Mystery" on Oct. 8.
Country music veteran Vince Gill, Foreigner's Mick Jones and former Whitesnake guitarist Steve Vai are slated to join Shatner on the album.
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Shatner told ContactMusic.com that the album
is "quite possibly the most creative thing I have ever done."
Shatner said the album examines "ageing, depression, love and beauty.”
The album has 15 tracks, and opens with a song called "Red Shift.”
"Perhaps Shatner's most personal album to date, 'Ponder the Mystery' is filled with observations (some profound, some humorous, always engaging) on the nature of passing time, the agony and hidden joy of aging, the depths of depression and the glorious heights found in the beauty and wonderment of life," read a news released about the album posted on Amazon.com.
"Musically, the album is equally adventurous with a depth of composition and musicianship that matches the weightiness of the lyrical themes. The extraordinarily talented and highly respected Prog Rock producer, Billy Sherwood, paints an aural landscape around Shatner's words that enhances and coalesces the underlying story," the release continued.
Shatner's first foray into music came with his first album "The Transformed Man," which came out in 1968 while "Star Trek" was still on the air.
He played the character James T. Kirk in the "Star Trek" television series that ran from 1966 to 1969 and in seven feature films.
Shatner also starred on the TV series "T.J. Hooker" from 1982 to 1986 with Heather Locklear, and more recently on “Boston Legal” with James Spader from 2004 to 2008.
He played comedic roles in "Airplane II: The Sequel" in 1982, "Loaded Weapon 1" in 1983 and "Miss Congeniality" with Sandra Bullock in 2000.
Shatner is also the author of numerous books, ranging from his experience on “Star Trek” to autobiographies to science fiction.
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