OH.MY.GOD. 92 year old — yes, you read that correctly — Sir Christopher (mothereffin’) Lee, he of The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and The Man with the Golden Gun, is still cranking out the heavy metal Christmas songs. Let that sink in a minute. In case you didn’t realize (I sure didn’t), Saruman has been a metalhead for years. He’s recorded several albums (I still use that term, so get off my lawn), and been releasing twisted-up holiday songs since 2012. Lee previously worked with Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner, and guitar master Hedras Ramos, who also joins him on the new single,Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing. According to the Sir himself, singing makes him happy and keeps him young:
“At my age, the most important thing for me is to keep active by doing things that I truly enjoy. I do not know how long I am going to be around, so every day is a celebration and I want to share it with my fans.”
Last year, Lee became the oldest singer to hit the Billboard chart with his Jingle Hell coming in at number 18.
Here now, for your own metal merriment, is Count Dooku’s new single (compiled with a few of his previous jams), Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing:
Lee says the single is “…light-hearted, joyful and fun. It’s a band singing on how metal should be played, the effect it has on the band and its listeners.”
Please, Santa, tell me he’s making videos for these. Maybe with a couple of pals?