Slash Covers 'Rocket Man' for Evel Knievel-Inspired Launch
This September, stuntman Eddie Braun will attempt the Idaho's Snake River Canyon jump that nearly killed Evel Knievel in 1974
The Guns N' Roses guitarist got Elton John's permission to cover the song with 'Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators'. The song was used as the theme music for the Kickstarter campaign, which has raised almost $40,000.
Professional stuntsman Eddie Braun, who has reportedly spent $1.5 million of his own money on the project, will launch himself over the Snake River in Idaho using a steam-powered rocket named Evel Spirit on September 17.
Stuntman Evel Knievel attempted the feat in 1974 but his parachute deployed as the rocket left the launch pad, and he was carried backwards by the wind before crashing into the bottom of the canyon.
Braun says: "I approached Slash, who I knew to be an Evel Knievel fan, and asked if he would be interested in being involved with my rocket project. He gave us the most awesome gift we could ever dream – a theme song.
"Slash got permission from Sir Elton John to re-record his 1972 hit song Rocket Man specifically for our project. Slash suggested we include the song with every reward so every single backer of our Kickstarter campaign gets it. So that's what we're doing.
"I'm so honoured to have been given the most epic theme song, by the most epic guitarist of all time".