Music: Saruman sings

Music: Saruman sings
British actor Christopher Lee.

Sir Christopher Lee, the guy who played scheming antagonist Saruman in The Lord Of The Rings movies, has just released a heavy metal album called Metal Knight.

He's 92 years old.

I don't know about you, but I was planning on being dead by the time my 92nd birthday rolls around.

Not only is the British thespian not dead, he is rocking.

It's inspiring, humbling and just a little bit hilarious.

He is of course best known for his acting, and even before he played Saruman, he was already a master of eeevil.

During the '60s, he appeared in loads of horror flicks, most notably the cult classic Hammer horrors such as Dracula, The Curse Of Frankenstein and The Mummy.

Heavy metal band Black Sabbath actually credit Lee's movies with inspiring their music.

The great thing about metal for an old guy like Lee is that it's one of the few realms of popular music in which being ugly can be a plus. Ugliness confers credibility on metal artists.

Guys like Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead or even James Hetfield from Metallica aren't what you'd call pretty boys.

With his long nose, yellowing teeth and sagging flesh, Lee actually makes complete sense as a metal artist.

As repeatedly noted, this guy is Saruman. What could possibly be better than having a craggy old wizard bellowing in your face?

What could be more metal than that?

In fact, I think he could open the door for more old guys to put on leather pants and pick up skull-emblazoned guitars.

Now there's an awesome activity for retirees.

Just imagine the fun some of these dudes could have, singing gloomy tunes about their rotten kids, foreigners and the CPF.

THEME

Lee's new EP Metal Knight - available on iTunes - is based around the theme of Don Quixote.

There are four songs: The Impossible Dream, The Toreador March, My Way and I, Don Quixote, as well as a few remixes.

In his YouTube video introducing the album, Lee explains his connection with Quixote, the fictional Spanish hero.

"He is an old man," he says, "a very old man, full of daring, bravery, courage, determination, romanticism, and dreams."

Of course, he might as well be talking about himself.

Imagine the life force it must require to maintain such fire into one's 90s.

Maybe the guy really is a wizard.


This article was first published on June 04, 2014.
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