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Last month, this Web site reported that Slash was given the green light to record a cover of Rocket Man. This served as the theme for Eddie Braun’s attempt at leaping across Idaho’s Snake River Canyon, a stunt which almost took the life of famed thrill-seeker Evel Knievel.

Eddie explained, “I approached the rock icon 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 featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators got permission from Sir Elton John to re-record his 1972 hit song ‘Rocket Man’ specifically for our project. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators 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!”

On Friday afternoon, the professional stuntman successfully jumped over the Snake River Canyon in an ode to his boyhood idol.

Braun soared over the southern Idaho canyon in a custom-built rocket dubbed Evel Spirit.

It launched off a steep ramp on the edge of the canyon rim just before 4 p.m. as hundreds of onlookers watched.

The rocket reached an estimated 400 mph (644 kph) before its parachute deployed, allowing Eddie and the ship to land safely in fields on the other side of the 1,400 foot-wide (427 meters-wide) canyon.

“I feel like the no-name, third-string quarterback of a junior-varsity team that just won the Super Bowl. My team got me there. I ran it into the end zone. We scored and won,” the stuntman said in a statement after the jump.

Scott Truax, the designer of the rocket, told the Idaho Statesman that after Braun got the OK to launch he didn’t hesitate.

“He was gone in a cloud of steam and I couldn’t see anything until just before he pulled his chutes,” Truax remarked.

Braun has said the rocket was identical to the model Knievel used for his failed canyon attempt on Sept. 8, 1974. He hoped his effort would prove that Evel could have made it across the canyon if his parachute had deployed at the correct time.