Twitter customers dug up a 1978 clip of the “Star Trek” star performing a spoken-word rendition of Elton John’s 1972 hit “Rocket Man” on the 1978 Saturn Awards, which honor movies within the fantasy, horror and sci-fi genres.
The video options an intro by “Rocket Man” lyricist Bernie Taupin, who declares himself “actually proud” to introduce Shatner.
The unique Captain Kirk then seems onstage in a ’70s tux full with an enormous bow tie and a cigarette ― which, ILoveClassicRock.com duly notes “by no means appears to burn right down to the filter.”
Though the ciggie appears to be the standard tobacco variety, Shatner emphasizes the road “I’m going to be … excessive as a kite by then,” as if hashish is someway concerned.
The efficiency than actually hits the stratosphere when the display splits to point out a smoking Shatner on one aspect and a talking Shatner on the opposite, proclaiming, “I’m a … Rocket Man!”
Not surprisingly, many Twitter customers posted the clip in tribute to Shatner. However as an alternative of snark, a overwhelming majority used a variation of the road, “He’s an actual ‘Rocket Man’ now.”
In the meantime, right here’s the notorious video which, frankly, holds up even when the sound is off.