Christopher Lee Delivers Heavy Metal Don Quixote

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British actor Sir Christopher Lee poses with the Excellence Award during the photo call at the 66th Locarno International Film Festival, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Locarno, Switzerland.

To mark his 92nd birthday, on Monday actor Sir Christopher Lee released a covers album of heavy metal versions including two numbers from the Don Quixote musical “Man of La Mancha” and two other songs. 

“'Impossible Dream', in my opinion, is one of the greatest songs ever written,” the Hobbit star says in a promotional video, speaking in detail of the song from the 1960s Broadway hit. Lee also sings "I, Don Quixote" from that musical.

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The other songs on the EP, called “Metal Knight”, are “The Toreador March” from the opera “Carmen” and Frank Sinatra’s iconic “My Way”, written by Paul Anka, both of which Paul originally recorded in 2006. The album also includes extended versions of the three opera pieces. The project is a collaboration with Italian symphonic power metal band, Rhapsody of Fire. 

"My Way is a very remarkable song," Lee says in the video. "It is also difficult to sing because you've got to convince people that what you're singing about is the truth."

Lee has sung on several soundtracks throughout his acting career but only has recently built a cult following for his blend of heavy metal and opera. His 2010 album “Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross” won a Spirit of Metal Award from Metal Hammer magazine. He followed that album with “Charlemagne: The Omens of Death” with music arranged by Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner.

In 2012, at 91, he became the oldest living performer to ever enter the Billboard music charts with the metal Christmas Carol “Jingle Hell”.