An adaptation from "The Bloody Verdict of Verden" from Christopher Lee's album "Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross" has been chosen as the theme music for the 2011 Sanremo Festival – one of the oldest and most prestigious song contests in the world. It is the first time that metal music gets featured at the festival. The composer of Charlemagne, Marco Sabiu, for the second year running is conducting the orchestra stirring a TV revolution (the festival is internationally televised). He can be seen in the video smashing a violin and will have, once again, the orchestra on fire.
Sir Christopher commented "When I met the maestro, I was expecting a dignified middle age man. Instead, I saw this small, mad Italian with crazy hair and thought. - My God, what have I got miself into?' As it happens, he turned out to be charming and really helpful to me"