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(CNN)   Evel Knievel, who has jumped his motorcycle over cars and canyons, is about to tackle his greatest challenge -- turning his life into a rock opera   ( divider line
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2003-04-21 06:20:30 PM  
i wonder what song they will use for when he was arrested at the local strip joint with a knife.
2003-04-21 06:20:55 PM  
la la la la la la la la la la la LAAAAAAAAAAAA

2003-04-21 06:22:24 PM  
He might as well be standing on the shoulder of the road holding up a sign that says "Will sign over name rights for food."

Geesh dude, didn't know you were that desperate for money.
2003-04-21 06:22:59 PM  
An aging stunt-guy thinking the music of aging rockers fits his life. Fitting
2003-04-21 06:23:05 PM

2003-04-21 06:23:39 PM  
They should get one of the guys from Jackass to be Evel Knievel. They wouldn't need much coercion to try and jump Snake Canyon.
2003-04-21 06:23:41 PM  
Come see the Axels of Evel!
2003-04-21 06:24:09 PM  
2003-04-21 06:24:23 PM  
As sad as this is people will still pay good money to see it. i'm depressed
2003-04-21 06:24:32 PM  
Called what? "Rocketcycles over Broadway?"

I wonder if Andrew Lloyd Webber is doing the score...
2003-04-21 06:25:42 PM  
heheh I heard this on Paul Harvey this morning and thought it was Jeff Beck who was directing the opera. Wouldn't that be an ego trip?

*realizes he's the only one who listens to Paul Harvey under age 65*
2003-04-21 06:26:42 PM  
Isn't he dead?
2003-04-21 06:28:16 PM  
Isn't Evel Knievel dead?
2003-04-21 06:29:05 PM  
I thought he was dead.
2003-04-21 06:29:34 PM  
Well there is the theme song to "Viva Knievel". Gotta
throw that one in there.

The Evel toys were extremely kickass.
2003-04-21 06:30:14 PM  
anyone care that he's NOT dead?
2003-04-21 06:30:24 PM  
I agree,!
2003-04-21 06:30:34 PM  
Still waiting with bated breath for "Silence of the Lambs: The Musical"

cmon Hollywood....
2003-04-21 06:30:37 PM  
Yes he's dead but thanks to John Edwards we can communicate with our dearly departed. Evel is flattered to be remembered in this way and misses Cheez Whiz.
2003-04-21 06:30:55 PM  
I love you Evel Knievel
2003-04-21 06:31:03 PM  
"You will believe a man can fly...and then crash spectacularly"
2003-04-21 06:31:08 PM  
I believe he has been dead for quite some time.
2003-04-21 06:31:31 PM  
This would be cool.
2003-04-21 06:33:46 PM  
We need to upgrade broadway to fit today's generation of entertainment-seekers:

[image from too old to be available]
2003-04-21 06:34:51 PM  
I don't think Evel is dead, so much as his career. Things must be a little slow at the local 7-11.
2003-04-21 06:37:21 PM  
No shiat, Evil is dead, as in DEAD, as in couldn't get any DEADER.

Who is digging up his grave for this shiat?
2003-04-21 06:39:12 PM  
2003-04-21 06:39:20 PM  
Henchman, couldnt agree more...
2003-04-21 06:40:53 PM  
Evel is NOT dead! He is a big-time golf hustler in Vegas. Seriously.
2003-04-21 06:46:12 PM  
Jef Bek, a musical director and composer with the small Los Angeles theater company Zoo District, recently flew to Clearwater, Florida, to gain Knievel's blessings after working for two years on the project.

Commonly referred to as "Jef Bek, no, not that one".
2003-04-21 06:52:34 PM  
Jef Bek, a musical director and composer with the small Los Angeles theater company Zoo District, recently flew to Clearwater, Florida, to gain Knievel's blessings after working for two years on the project.

Is it just me, or would you try to gain blessings BEFORE two years of work?
2003-04-21 06:53:40 PM  
It ain't over til the fat lady jumps 14 buses on a Vespa.
2003-04-21 06:54:07 PM  
I remember hearing Jim Rome interview Evel on his radio show, and that Evel estimated his chances of surviving the Snake River Canyon jump at about 50%. When Rome asked him why he would go through with it when he was a coinflip away from death, he replied in his gravelly voice, "You know who the hell I am?"

Baddest man ever.
2003-04-21 06:55:20 PM  
The headline is very misleading. He jumped cars and jumped INTO canyons. He never made it across the Snake River Canyon. He wanted to jump the Grand Canyon, but the Parks Department wouldn't allow it.

Am I the only one that remembers these little nuggets of trivia?

And yes, the Evel Knievel toys were fun and very cool!
2003-04-21 06:56:00 PM  
He's not dead! He's just pining for the Fjords!
2003-04-21 07:02:21 PM  
04-21-03 06:25:42 PM Whidbey
heheh I heard this on Paul Harvey this morning and thought it was Jeff Beck who was directing the opera. Wouldn't that be an ego trip?

As mention above wrong spelling Jef Bek, wrong guy in mind, but if it was Jeff Beck I'd go!

/humming along to Beck's Bolero in his head
2003-04-21 07:04:55 PM  
You guys are way off. This is going to KICK ASS! Evel Knievel is THE MAN.
2003-04-21 07:06:09 PM  
who needs a rock opera when Derriere Explosion has a song written about him? You can download it at their site..
2003-04-21 07:07:29 PM  
Foaming - you beat me to it, you swine.
2003-04-21 07:08:11 PM  
who's playing the deaf, dumb and blind boy?
2003-04-21 07:12:36 PM  
dammit Arched, you beat me to it. Anyways, he should get Pete Townsend to direct it.
2003-04-21 07:17:45 PM  
That deaf, dumb and blind guy sure jumps a mean oh nevermind Arched beat me to it.
2003-04-21 07:17:58 PM  
Motocycle jumping and musicals have finally combined. Next up: monster trucks and shakespear. can't wait.
2003-04-21 07:21:44 PM  

Next to Chuck Yeager and George S. Patton, Evil Knievel is my choice for for "Most Testicularly-Endowed American Ever to Have Lived."
2003-04-21 07:22:27 PM  
Wow. Too stoned. I'm doubling my my words.
2003-04-21 07:29:55 PM  
I was into this cracker asshat when I was a little kid. This was Ok with the folks until ol' "Evel" (seriously man, wtf is up with "evel") decided to punish his former publicist by beating him with a baseball bat, thereby breaking both his arms. The publicist had written a book about Evel and it didn't please the ersatz American daredevil one bit. An asshat with red white and blue stripes. A good ol' boy who wouldn't change if he could.

Evel, an ex-con and just a plain ol' con, did six months of minimum for the beating, which was then raised to maximum solitary because he was caught playing golf while at minimum. Good ol' justice. Not a hero for little kids but there may be a great movie here if we could ever squeeze the truth out of people. Evel will probably be dead before we hear the real deal.

I work with the motorcycle industry. "Evel" hardly ever comes up and when he does, it's humourous.
2003-04-21 07:29:56 PM  
This is about as stupid as that farker thinking that gazelles have feathers!
2003-04-21 07:31:03 PM  
Well, technically, he didn't jump OVER the canyon, but rather INTO it.

Come to think of it, that wasn't REALLY a motorcycle, either.

Snake River was a shame, though... Evel rocked, in his time. Who here my age, mid-30s, remembers having a complete line of Evel Knievel toys as a kid, along with GI Joe, Major Matt Mason, Planet of the Apes... those were the days!
2003-04-21 07:32:39 PM  

If you check your library you'll see that Rolling Stone magazine ran a fantastic expose of ol' Evel and his rocket powered love mobile in the mid 70's. They tear him apart.

This dude should stay in his restaurant and stfu.
2003-04-21 07:35:26 PM  
Maybe Evel will make his one last jump that he was talking about last the show...backwards...into the orchestra pit..without the bike.
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