By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the unfortunate passing of one of the great acting legends, Sir Christopher Lee. Lee was one of the most accomplished actors of all time, having a storied life that involved being a badass behind enemy lines in World War II, speaking six languages, knowing the proper noise a man makes when being stabbed in the back, and portraying some of the most iconic film villains of all time (Dracula, Saruman, Count Dooku, and Scaramanga to name a few). But Lee was also an accomplished singer as well. With his deep and commanding voice, it seems stupidly obvious that Christopher Lee would make several heavy metal albums in his life.
While I could attempt to explain Lee’s thought process behind I, Don Quixote, I would do better to let him tell you himself. In an interview about the album, Lee said “As far as I am concerned, Don Quixote is the most metal fictional character that I know, single handed, he is trying to change the world, regardless of any personal consequences. It is a wonderful character to sing.” Though metal isn’t a genre we cover too often, we felt it was a simple tribute to an actor and all around great man to focus on his lesser known work.
With the authority and demeanor of a college professor that you could listen to all night, Lee explains the story of his metal album. You will be missed, sir.