The movie legend, who died last Sunday (07Jun15) at the age of 93, indulged his love of rock music in his later years by recording a number of heavy metal albums, and Cooper admits he had long planned to work with Lee on a record, but they never found the time.

He tells Kerrang!, "Christopher Lee was, like, an inspiration to every total rock guy out there. He was the best... I knew Christopher Lee on a lot of different levels. We tried to do some songs together, but never quite got it together. But he was really a rocker. I mean, the guy was doing heavy metal albums. That's pretty hip."