William Shatner, fresh from low orbit, shows off his range on new record 'Bill' : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN In this session we get into Shatner's new record, he shares stories from his colorful life, including a recent trip to space.

William Shatner, fresh from low orbit, shows off his range on new record 'Bill'

William Shatner on World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Monday Night in London"
  • "So Far From the Moon"
  • "What Do We Know"                                               
  • "Toughie"

Getting on a call with William Shatner is not unlike strapping onto a rocket. He's a fast, curious thinker — things move quickly, and you aren't sure exactly where you might end up. Shatner has been releasing music for almost as long as he's been acting, putting out his first album, The Transformed Man, while he was still playing Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek.

Now, in 2021, he's releasing his eighth album. It's titled Bill, and while it's largely autobiographical, Shatner shows off his range with collaborations in a variety of genres. In this session we get into the record, and Bill (that's what he likes to be called) shares some stories from his life, including his recent trip to space in mid-October.

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