Feld Entertainment's Nuclear Cowboyz tour is back for a new tour this season: Watch for backflipping fireballs Nixey Danielson and Jimmy Fitzpatrick in the second half of the theatrical show when the 2011 tour debuts this week at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena, January 14 and 15.
"We have a scene called 'The Fire Scene' where there's big bursts of flame going off and at the end two riders go out 'Great Balls of Fire' style," says Mike Mason, who stars as one of the Soldiers of Havoc, a mythical tribe of freestyle motocross warriors battling the Metal Mulisha for supremacy in a post-apocalyptic world. "It's definitely a big step up from last year in every way. We've got up to four riders flipping off a ramp at the same time side-by-side, big trains of whips, big trains of flips, and pyro all over the place, not to mention dancers and dudes doing parkour right in the middle of it all. It's going to blow some minds for sure."
The 12-stop Nuclear Cowboyz tour is produced by Feld Entertainment, the folks behind the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Monster Jam, and other big tent-style arena events. The show is directed by choreographer Barry Lather, better known for his work with artists like Michael Jackson, Usher, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, P.Diddy, Ciara, The Pussycat Dolls, Sean Kingston, Jason Derulo, and Gwen Stefani, and for extravagant performances for the Superbowl halftime special, Grammy Awards, and MTV Awards.
Motocross legend Micky Dymond is working behind the scenes as the show's stunt coordinator, and says his biggest challenge is impressing hardcore FMX fans while also keeping everybody else entertained.
FMX riders Beau Bamburg, Ronnie Faisst, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Derek Garland, Derek Guetter, Taka Higashino, Adam Jones, Jim McNeil, Mike Mason, and Dustin Miller are all returning to the tour for its second year, and Nixey Danielson, Jeff Kargola, Brody Wilson and quad rider Colten Moore are new to the show.
The Nuclear Cowboyz tour runs January through April with stops in Baltimore, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Columbus, Houston, Tampa, Kansas City, San Diego, Ontario, Tacoma, and Glendale. For tickets and more information visit nuclearcowboyz.com.