Full Track List & Collaborators For William Shatners New Album – Will Be Redoing “Rocket Man”

In addition to the earlier Shatner NASA news, Star Trek’s original Kirk also has news in the world of music. The final track listing for his upcoming album "Searching For Major Tom" has been released, along with the list of collaborators. The album is full of space/science themed music, including Bill returning to do "Rocket Man" one more time. See below for full list.


Track listing for William Shatner’s new "Searching For Major Tom"

Here is the full list of songs and collaborators for William Shatner’s upcoming album "Searching for Major Tom": (Courtesy of Cleopatra Records and WilliamShatner.com)

Space Trucking originally by Deep Purple – Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice has performed the drum part. Johnny Winter is on guest guitar.

She Blinded Me With Science originally by Thomas Dolby – Bootsy Collins is on as the guest bassist. Patrick Moraz (ex Yes and Moody Blues) is guesting on keyboards/synth.

In a Little While originally by U2 – Manuel Gottsching from Ash Ra Tempel has added guitar.

Empty Glass originally by The Tea Party – Michael Schenker (UFO/Scorpions) has added guest guitar.

Lost in the Stars as done by Frank Sinatra – Jazz legend Ernie Watts is on guest saxophone.

Twilight Zone originally by Golden Earring – Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule/Allman Brothers) is on guest guitar.

Space Cowboy originally by Steve Miller – Country artist Brad Paisley has added guitar and vocals.

Rocket Man originally by Elton John – Guitarist Steve Hillage (ex Gong member and current member of techno rock duo System 7) has added guest guitar

Space Oddity originally by David Bowie – Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple) has added guest guitar. Alan Parsons is adding guest keyboards.

Spirit in the Sky originally by Norman Greenbaum – Peter Frampton has played guitar on this track.

Bohemian Rhapsody originally by Queen – John Wetton from Asia has played bass and done a vocal.

Silver Machine originally by Hawkwind – Wayne Kramer from the MC5 is adding guitar and Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart) is adding a guest drum part.

Major Tom originally by Peter Shilling – Nick Valensi, the guitarist from the Strokes has added guest guitar to this this track. Also Zakk Wylde (ozzy osbourn, black label society) and Mike Inez (Alice In Chains)have contributed to this track.

Learning to Fly originally by Pink Floyd – Edgar Froese from Tangerine Dream has played guitar and keyboards on this track.

Mr. Spaceman originally by The Byrds – Dave Davies from the Kinks has added guest guitar on this track.

Iron Man originally by Black Sabbath – Zakk Wylde (ex Ozzy guitarist) played guitar and did a vocal on this track.

Planet Earth originally by Duran Duran – Steve Howe, guitarist with Yes, played guitar on this track.

Walking on the Moon originally by The Police – Toots of Toots & the Maytals has added a guest vocal.

Mrs. Major Tom – female singer to add a track -To be announced

Searching for Major Tom" will be released later in 2011 by Cleopatra Records.

If you missed it, back in February we posted this video of Bill recording "Iron Man" with  Zakk Wylde of Ozzy Osbourne’s band.

It is exciting that Bill will be redoing "Rocket Man" but how can he improve on his classic performance from the 1978 Science Fiction Awards.

Shatner to receive "Headbanger" award

Next week Bill will be showing off his music cred at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards Show. Before his new album is even out, Bill is being honored for his "Searching For Major Tom" collaborations with all the hard rockers. In order to show their appreciation Revolver is bestowing The Shat with an "Honorary Headbanger Award". The Golden Gods Award Show will be held April 20th at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. More info at www.revolvermag.com/goldengods2011.


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Oh happy happy happy day

hmm not a fan of most of the ‘tracks;… but “Has Been” was great! Most interested in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody!’

Is this for real? Is Bill actually *singing* Bohemian Rhapsody…? And there is actually a Golden GODS(?) Award Show? LOL!!!

This is truly awesomely *terrifying*. Gotta love the Shat man…LOL + Lol

He manages to get some well-known and great artists to do the backing – just too – words fail me…

This looks to be a lot more tongue in cheek than the most excellent and more serious Has Been…and that’s ok with me as the Shat is at home with both! can’t wait to add it to the playlist!

“jazz saxophonist Ernie Watts” playing with Bill. I played with Ernie Watts. Ok, I backed him up once. Looking forward to this. I believe I have everyone of Bill’s albums, including an autographed “Has Been”.

I love Shatner.

That’s some serious talent he’s got lined up. Go Shat!!

This is all kinds of awesome… I’d say about half of these are songs I love anyhow, but even the ones I don’t care for should be a lot of fun.

And the guests… Wow. Warren Haynes is a favorite of mine. I used to say there was no one he wouldn’t play with, and this is the proof.

Wow … I love Space Oddity/ David Bowie … I want to see how it was with Mr. Shatner…

Mr. Shatner really… ROCKS!!! LOL

:-) :-)

Ground control to Major Tom …. Ground control to Major Tom …

Take your protein pills and put your helmet on

:-) :-)

I’ve been a Hawkwind fan for decades (actually saw ’em in Montréal). And I just can’t wait to hear the Shat sing Silver Machine in his own “inimitable” way.

The guest line up and the song list are phenomenal. Should be a real hoot.

Bought his last album.. WILL be picking this one up.. It’s been one heluva good time enjoying ALL of Shatners work..

Has Been was damn cool.

I’m sure this will be cool as well.

The Shatmeisters musicman adventure continues……

Redoing Rocket Man???


At least he’s not re-doing “Barbary Coast”!

Has Been was excellent, but it owed as much to Ben Folds as anyone. This is looking much more like a novelty album, and that’s a real shame.

“Rocket Man” by Elton John is a classic. By the way, Elton John appeared on “Saturday Night Live” recently and showed he’s still got it. His musical performances were great, and he also was pretty funny in the sketches.

I consider Elton John to be the William Shatner of music, so I guess it’s fitting that Shatner is covering “Rocket Man”. Both gentlemen haven’t let age slow them down.

Also listening to U2’s “In A Little While”. One of their most underrated songs.

Oh, heeere am I floating in a tin can…far above the world.

Love Bowie.

But…Shatner doing Bowie?

I am afraid.

Holy Sh&t

Shatner and Peter Frampton?

And for those that insist Shat still wears a rug. Youtube above still pic says differently. Living growning transplanted Shathair

Suck on that Takei (err poor choice of words)

Oh for crying out loud, this is so bad its just bad.

The man can’t sing and that is that.


The guest list is amazing! Album of the year contender for sure!

This album sounds like it will be fun and interesting.

Intrigued to hear Shatner’s take on Bohemian Rhapsody and Space Oddity.

I am a huge Bowie and Queen fan.

Sounds like he is trying to hard this time around…His last album was pretty cool.

Oh please Lord, NO!…

(and I ‘aint even religious)

I love Shatner, and I loved his last album :

But BILL!?!? You’ve heard of the Byrds, right? Why aren’t you covering Chestnut Mare? Why isn’t anyone in his entourage staging an intervention here??? That song – all about chasing a horse – is like … PERFECT FOR SHATNER.

I could slap someone – possibly the producer – for not raising this.

he should sing Frank Sinatra songs with Brent Spinner, Nana Visitor and James Darren!

The Shat shames most men 30 years his junior; an absolute legend!

Love you, Bill!!

@ 25. The Six Million Dollar Man …

Agreed! God, this sounds great! Can’t wait. Go Bill!!!

Wow! So many names from the past! Jeez, I haven’t even thought about Hawkwind since I was 12!

Don’t know how the Shat’s going to pull off Bohemian Rhapsody but I’m prepared to cringe just to find out.

Is this going to be a double album? Seems like a lot of songs for a single CD, so I’m guessing some of these will be extras released online, or these songs are all going to be very short.

The one song missing?

The great “Destination Moon” by Dinah Washington.

Come and take a trip in my rocket ship
We’ll have a lovely afternoon
Kiss the world goodbye and away we fly
Destination moon …

That 1978 Rocket Man by Shatner was a classic… to think he gets a second take at it 33 years later is damned amazing. Damned amazing.
And good.
And we’re still not on Mars.
And no flying cars.

Is this the real life, or is this just fantasy?

Caught in a landslide, escape from reality!

15 – yeah, I love Ben Folds, and “Has Been” was genius — brilliant lyrically, musically, thematically.

I’ll definitely give this new one a listen, but it seems. . . different.

Meant to add: What, no “Planet Claire”? No one ever dies there. . . no one has a head.

80 and still going strong. I’ll have whatever Bill’s smoking…

Transformed Man….. Yes. I actually have the CD of that and it is querky enough for me that I love to play it in my car when I drive. Even my wife has come to love as she will “sing” along with Shat.

I will have to add this to the CD collection…. Hopefully ti comes out in time for the drive to Las Vegas for the convention.

Mr. Shatner — Please do “I’m the Urban Spaceman” by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band!

Has Been was a great album. I bought it as a joke and was really shocked at how good it was.

Shatner’s next album isn’t even out yet and my ears have ALREADY started bleeding!


cotton wool should stem the flow my friend.

#17 – Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup

“Far above the moon … Planet Earth is blue, and there’s nothing I can do….”

I ‘m not afraid… is Mr. Shatner, right?… if that does not get very good, we will give our support… LOL … and we laugh a little … I think my ears will not bleed… LOL

:-) :-)

Too late, I already cut my ears off and sold them to some pirates! They only paid me two dollars for the pair! What do ya know…………



I’ll buy it: look, “Has Been” is one of the most deeply personal albums of any artist of the last ten years. Sure, he has some goofy ones on there like “Can’t Get Behind That” with Rollins, but “That’s Me Trying” about his relationship with his daughter and “What Have You Done” about his wife who killed herself are as emotional a look into a person as you are likely to find. Plus, I adore his cover of Pulp’s “Common People” with Joe Jackson. “Has Been” is really one of my favorites, regardless of the Shatnericity involved.

@ Ballzy

How much for the final front ear????


*terrible chest pain*

*acute myocardial infarction*


# 45


:-) :-)


Doctor holds up severed ear……….

Doctor: “what’s this ear?”

Cockney orderly: “ya got me, guv!”

Dear god, please let this be a bad dream….or, where does one apply to get the job of creator of bad ideas? I’d surely love a shot at it….

No Brian May on this record? I am saddened.

Or should we expect bonus tracks on a reissue?

I’d love to hear a bonus track with Macca on bass! :) Now, that would be a cool collaboration…

Anyway, looking forward to Shatner’s new stroke of genius. ;)