Christopher Lee releases heavy metal album for his 92nd birthday

You're never too old to rock.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Published May 28, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 5:55 am CDT

In celebration of his 92nd birthday, movie legend Christopher Lee is releasing another operatic metal album. Wait, you didn’t know he’d already made one?

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Lee, best known is recent years for his role as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings, has been recording metal tracks since 2006. His first album, Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, was just as epic as its title suggests. It tells the story of Medieval king Charlemagne and features a 100-piece orchestra and various guest vocalists performing other roles alongside Lee’s Charlemagne. The sequel, Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, came out in 2013. Christopher Lee is living the dream.

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His latest album is Metal Knight, a compilation of heavy metal cover songs. Two tracks come from the 1960s Don Quixote musical Man of La Mancha, with Lee’s reason being, “As far as I am concerned, Don Quixote is the most metal fictional character that I know.” The album is a collaboration with Italian symphonic metal band Rhapsody of Fire.

The first single from the album is a cover of Frank Sinatra’s My Way, which Lee describes as “more operatic” than the original.

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*First Published: May 28, 2014, 12:38 pm CDT