90-Year-Old Legendary Actor Christopher Lee Sings Metal Versions Of Classic Christmas Songs

artist: Christopher Lee date: 12/24/2012 category: music news
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90-Year-Old Legendary Actor Christopher Lee Sings Metal Versions Of Classic Christmas Songs
Despite turning 90, legendary actor Christopher Lee had no problem in bringing some metal this Christmas with the release of metal versions of some classic Christmas songs. Lee has appeared in multiple cinematic giants such as "Lord Of The Rings", "Star Wars", "Dracula" and "The Hobbit", which makes his latest rocking project even more awesome. As a classically trained singer, he had previously appeared on the soundtrack for horror movie "The Wicker Man" in 1973. His first metal record called "Charlemange: By The Sword And The Cross" was released in 2010 and acknowledged with Metal Hammer's 'Spirit Of Metal' award the same year. The award was presented by non-other than the 'iron man' himself, Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath. "It was a most amazing occasion for me very exciting and something I'd never had happen to me my whole career, my whole life, in terms of awards. I have received quite a few. But I was interviewed, actually in this room, by Tony Iommi, who founded Black Sabbath. And I hadn't heard them, but I made it a point [to do so]. [And] I thought it was extraordinary. And then I went to O2 [in London] in front of a fairly large crowd, I would say, all, of course, very young. And I got a greeting, which was really quite amazing. The decibel level was very high. Very high, very high." Regarding his introduction to the metal world, the actor tells BBC Radio: I was first introduced to metal when I sang with a band called Rhapsody. But what I sang was not heavy metal, I sang with a tenor. Then I worked with Manowar as a narrator, I think it was in Germany, and again, that was not me singing metal. I became rather fascinated by this, 'cause in terms of history of music, it's fairly recent, really. And if it's properly done and you can understand the story and you can understand what the people are singing and you have the right bands and the right singers, I think it's rather exciting". You can check out Christopher Lee's renditions of "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Silent Night" below, both of which are available via iTunes.
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