I have seen my boys’ true genetic colors and I have seen it in the form of freestyle motocross. This stuff runs in their blood, people.
A couple weeks ago we took our first trip into the world of motocross. We saw the rehearsal show for the Nuclear Cowboyz at the The Lakeland Center. If you’ve never heard of the Nuclear Cowboyz, it is a crazy amazing freestyle motocross stunt show where the riders do flips and jumps and even catch themselves on fire on purpose.
There is dancing, there are fireworks, there is choreography and if that wasn’t enough for you, there is also a plot.
Set in the year 2150 in war-torn Los Angeles, there are two tribes of Nuclear Cowboyz: the Soldiers of Havoc and the Metal Mulisha and they’re being threatened with takeover by the Cyborg Army. The battle of good versus evil ensues through a back and forth of fearless and insane stunts on everything from motocross bikes to four wheelers and it’s all set to heavy metal and alternative music (heart thumping, really — I totally rocked out.)
The choreography is done by Scotty Nguyen, who has also worked with Michael Jackson, XBOX, Nike, X-Factor and (I don’t know why this excites me so much) Mortal Kombat. God I loved that game. I can still picture doing the combinations in my head.
My boys are 5 & 4 and in the name of research, I took them to see the show. I’ll set the stage a little. It was at 7:30 p.m. (their bedtime). It was supposed to be loud and loud noises sometimes bother them to the point where they cover their ears and they want to leave (I’m sounding like Mother of the Year right now.)
We sat sort of on one side of the arena instead of the middle, but we were only a couple rows back so we could see everything really well. They were wearing earplugs just in case. We bought them Dippin Dots ice cream and the show started. I didn’t know what to expect but I hoped for the best.
There is probably one way to describe the show and this is it: There was ice cream all over their faces and running down their shirts because they could not take their eyes off the show for one second to see where they were spooning the ice cream. They kept missing their mouths.
To say they were obsessed with the show would be an understatement: they were literally glued.
I had wondered if the crowd would be older or younger (we made the mistake of taking them as very young toddlers to a Cirque du Soleil show once which ended badly) but I was happy and very pleasantly surprised to see the crowd was mostly young kids and some teens, and mostly families. We adults were clearly outnumbered.
The show was a little over 2 hours long and they DID.NOT.MOVE. Except for the brief intermission. We all gasped when the riders did a ridiculous flip or an airborne handstand and especially when the drivers lit themselves on fire and ran around. You’d think that doing these moves for two hours would somehow get old (I mean there are really only so many moves to actually do) but noway, man. Every single time a rider went in the air, it left us wondering if he’d get down ok. (They did.)
The battle of good versus evil was not without its good versus evil cheerleaders; there were dancers from both sides but don’t worry — they weren’t dressed in anything less than a football cheerleader would be and honestly as they ran up the ramp a zillion times I thought of how that made hill repeats look fantastic. They had fantastic quads.
I wasn’t sure at one point what was happening when some of the cheerleaders were enslaved by the bad guys, that got a little weird to me, but that was only brief and I was thankful that the draw for my kids was the bikes in the air and they weren’t paying attention yet to the girls.
The show was seriously a BLAST and I would take them a million times over. For a couple of kids who get cranky at 7 p.m. and who hate loud noises, they loved this show.
I am pretty sure you will too.
Before I get to the giveaway part, here is 45 seconds of video (includes silent commentary by 5 year old.)
The show is coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa on February 24th and I am giving away a FOUR PACK of tickets to one lucky winner to go to that show! All you have to do to enter is fill in the Rafflecopter entry form below:
The contest closes at midnight on Tuesday, February 21st and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. The winner will have 24 hours to get back to me or I will have to draw a new winner.
I interviewed a rider from the Nuclear Cowboyz, so stay tuned for that interview! Crazy stuff!
Disclosure: I received 4 tickets to preview the show for this review. I was not compensated for this review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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