Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash has recorded a new version of Elton John’s classic song “Rocket Man” in honor of a Hollywood stuntman’s attempt to recreate legendary daredevil Evel Knievel’s famous 1974 jump across Idaho’s Snake River Canyon. Eddie Braun, who idolized Knievel when he was growing up, will use a steam-powered rocket to launch himself across the river on September 17th. Braun’s rocket will be similar to the Skycycle X-2 that Knievel used in his failed attempt.
Slash received Elton’s permission to record the new version of “Rocket Man” version for use as the theme music for Braun’s Kickstarter campaign, which he started to help pay the reported $1.5 million costs of the project. Each person who donates to the campaign will receive a download of “Rocket Man” performed by Slash and his solo band, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.
Slash, who is a fan of both Knievel and Elton, got to play with the latter in a legendary 1992 MTV Video Awards performance featuring Elton joining Guns N’ Roses for “November Rain.”
Slash told us a while back that he’s always proud to get onstage with one of his heroes. “There’s a lot of guys as a musician that I’ve managed — a lot of heroes of mine that I’ve hooked up with over the years. And so, every so often, I’ll get a phone call saying, you know, come on down. It’s really very humbling, but at the same time it’s a huge honor, and it keeps my chops together and it makes me feel a little bit part of the community of music where I grew up listening to, like all my old heroes and stuff, so it’s just cool.” in Arlington, Texas.
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