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Brad Paisley to Appear on William Shatner’s Upcoming ‘Searching for Major Tom’ Covers Album

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Brad Paisley has worked with William Shatner in the past, and now Entertainment Weekly reports that his 80-year-old friend has included him on his upcoming cosmic album of “space-themed cover songs,” titled ‘Searching for Major Tom.’ Paisley will be featured on a cover of Steve Miller’s ‘Space Cowboy’ on Shatner’s second talk-sing album, the first having been released back in 1968.

Shatner has enlisted many friends in the music biz to “go where no man has gone before.” On ‘Searching for Major Tom,’ the pitch man will add a bevy of guest-heavy tracks, including Paisley’s contribution, Peter Frampton on Norman Greenbaum’s ‘Spirit in the Sky,’ and a cover of the Police’s ‘Walking on the Moon’ with vocals from reggae icon Toots.

Other selections from the project include Bootsy Collins playing bass on Thomas Dolby’s ‘She Blinded Me With Science’; a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ with Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple on guitar and Alan Parsons on keyboards; a cover of Peter Schilling’s ‘Major Tom (Coming Home)’ featuring Zakk Wylde, Nick Valensi from the Strokes and Mike Inez of Alice in Chains, and Dave Davies of the Kinks will play guitar on Shatner’s cover of the Byrds’ ‘Mr. Spaceman.’

Other songs found on the album’s track list will be covers of Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man,’ the Queen classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody and Black Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man.’

To give you a taste of what’s to come, take a listen to Shatner’s rendition of ‘Rocket Man’ from 33 years ago at the 1978 Sci-Fi Awards.

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