Angels & Airwaves On ESPN New Year’s Eve

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Rock band Angels and Airwaves will help usher in 2008 on New Year, No Limits: New Year’s on ESPN Monday, Dec. 31, beginning at approximately 11:15 p.m. ET following the network’s coverage of the Chick-fil-A Bowl (ESPN/ESPNHD). The band will perform their hit songs “Everything is Magic” and “The Adventure” during the live, three-hour show from the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The night will feature two Red Bull Experiments by motorsports stars Robbie “Maddo” Maddison and Rhys Millen: a world-record motorcycle jump the length of a football field (Maddison) and a never-before executed back flip in an off-road racing truck (Millen). In addition, the show will feature a music and video tribute to the late Evil Knievel.

At the stroke of midnight Eastern Time following the telecast’s split-screen view of the Times Square ball drop, viewers will see Maddison attempt his daring jump. Millen’s feat will be performed at midnight Pacific Time. Co-hosted by ESPN commentators Joe Tessitore and Mark Schlereth, with reporting by Jamie Little and Cam Steele, New Year, No Limits will examine the physics behind the feats, the athletes performing them, and where they rank with other contemporary athletes and accomplishments. In addition, the telecast will feature high-end graphic imaging and provide the latest sports news via a 90-minute SportsCenter between jumps.

Training for the Experiments
Both Maddison and Millen have been conducting intense practice sessions in preparation for their big night. Maddison will attempt to jump the length of a football field with his motorcycle approaching the take-off ramp at speeds topping 95 mph (click here for a video clip). Millen will attempt the first-ever 360-degree back flip of an off-road truck traveling some 50 feet high and 80 feet long (click here for a video clip). Both jumps will be presided over by representatives of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Maddison said, “I’ve done so much to prepare for this jump. The last time I did a world record jump was 250 feet with a heart attack [trick]. And I practiced for a week for that one and now I’m practicing for a month for this. So I’m feeling confident. I’m doing everything I can to get over this as safely as possible.” For more from Maddison, click here.

Millen said, “Fifteen years of racing, rallying, drifting, off-roading, Baja racing, in addition to my work with stunts, fills some 200 days a year – sliding, spinning, jumping cars. When you’ve done it all in a car effectively, what else do you do? You tee up on a ramp like this.” For more from Millen, click here.

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