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    Posted: September 30 2013 at 15:07
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William Shatner To Release Highly Anticipated Prog Rock Album Produced By Billy Sherwood (of Yes) With A Stellar Line-Up Of Guest Artists

Featuring: Rick Wakeman, George Duke, Robbie Krieger, Edgar Winter, Al Di Meola, Billy Sherwood, Edgar Froese, Steve Vai, Zoot Horn Rollo, Vince Gill, Mick Jones, Dave Koz, Nik Turner, Simon House and Joel Vandroogenbroeck

Los Angeles, CA - As word began to circulate about William Shatnerís newest musical project, the prog rock concept album Ponder The Mystery, critics and fans quickly realized it was a match made, if not in Heaven, then in the most glorious reaches of the galaxy. Shatner is after all an enormously popular and celebrated icon of science fiction fantasy, and no musical genre is as invested in, devoted to or driven by fantasy and the imaginative as progressive rock. And though Mr. Shatner is no stranger to the musical world, what sets this effort apart from previous endeavors is the fact that he co-wrote the album, penning a set of intensely personal lyrics for producer/multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood (of the prog rock institution Yes) to compose around. And now, after months of puzzled rumors, probing questions and ponderous speculation, the album is finally ready to be embraced by the general public; it will be released on CD, vinyl and digital formats October 8, 2013.

Joining the two Billís on this journey into the mysteries of human curiosity and consciousness is a group of virtuosos from numerous genres and fields, including guitarists Steve Vai, Al Di Meola and Zoot Horn Rollo, keyboardists Rick Wakeman and the late George Duke, saxophonists Dave Koz, Edgar Winter and Nik Turner, as well as The Doorsí own Robby Krieger and country legend Vince Gill. Many of these artists leapt at the opportunity to contribute to Mr. Shatnerís venture, such as Steve Vai who performs on the albumís eponymous single, and declares, ďIt was an absolute hoot to play on Billís track. Itís great to see and hear that after all these years his contributions are still fresh!Ē Longtime friend Vince Gill contributed acoustic guitars and mandolin to the album and shares this: ďIíve known William for awhile and have worked with him on one of his previous charity events. It was so cool for me to play on his new album. Overall, it really means a lot to be part of projects that William is doing at this point of his life. William is a special person and I really enjoy any chance that I get to work with him.Ē

Saxophonist Dave Koz offers this assessment of the project: ďWhat I love most about this album is that it feels like all the musicians were in this big top - a sort of three-ring circusÖyou have all these talented people, each bringing their unique offering to the table. Then thereís Bill, the ring-leader, with a big smile on his face, inspiring us all to bring even more to the party. It was a blast, and I love the way it turned out. Unlike anything Iíve EVER done before. But then again, thatís what working with an icon will get you!Ē

Finally, Rick Wakeman sums things up nicely: ďIíve never adhered to the assumption that oil and water donít mix...stir them hard enough and add a few other ingredients and they certainly will mix, and give an interesting and pretty unique result too. So Iím all for Progressive Shatner Rock and it was a pleasure to play on the album and be involved!Ē

Tracks include:
1. Red Shift
2. Where Itís Gone...I Donít Know feat. Mick Jones
3. Manhunt feat. Simon House
4. Ponder The Mystery feat. Steve Vai
5. So Am I feat. Al Di Meola
6. Change feat. Rick Wakeman
7. Sunset feat. Joel Vandroogenbroeck
8. Twilight feat. Edgar Winter
9. Rhythm Of The Night feat. Nik Turner
10. Imagine Things feat. Vince Gil
11. Do You See? feat. Edgar Froese
12. Deep Down feat. Robby Krieger
13. Iím Alright, I Think feat. Dave Koz
14. Where Does Time Go? feat. George Duke
15. Alive feat. Zoot Horn Rollo

William Shatner will be performing his new record Ponder the Mystery in its entirety accompanied by the prog band CIRCA: featuring Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye, famed keyboardist also known for his work with YES.

Performance dates and locations:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013: Saint Rocke, 142 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa, CA 90254 (310-372-0035)
Thursday, October 24, 2013: The Canyon Club, 289 12 Roadside Dr., Agoura, CA 91301 (818-879-5016)
Friday, October 25, 2013: The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 (949-496-8930)

Purchase Ponder The Mystery CD at Amazon:

Download the album at iTunes:

For more information:

Press inquiries: 
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James

11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025

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Doesn't surprise me at all this is a Cleopatra release.  They were putting out some of the coolest bleeding edge goth in the 90's (eg Christian Death)...a Shatner prog album is about as bleeding edge as you can get LOL
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