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Monday, March 5, 2012

Nuclear Cowboys?

I admit to being a total novice when it comes to the Nuclear Cowboys.  I'm more familiar with the Rhinestone Cowboy or even plain old ordinary bronc busting cowboys.  But recently I won four tickets to see The Nuclear Cowboys at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford NJ in a giveaway sponsored by Jennifer Auer at Jersey Family Fun. I admit, I had no idea what to expect other than lots of noise and motorcross antics.

What I found when I got there was a family oriented show where every other attendee was under ten.  The kids were either with their moms or dads (or in the case of the family in front of us) even their grandparents. (Since I'm old enough to be a grandparent why should this surprise me?) 

If you're not familiar with this show it's like the X-Games meets Rock 'n Roll with a storyline that rivals a Broadway show. (reminded me of the Sharks and the Jets in West Side Story!)

The bikers were a fearless group of riders fighting the powerful Tempest.  Tempest uses laser beams to control the world. The FMX 'tribes' known as the Soldiers of Havoc and the Metal Mulisha® fight for their survival in the 2150 world of war torn Los Angeles. The Tempest (an evil if beautiful force) controls a cyborg army and the fight is on! (Of course added to mix are some Nuclear Cowgirls to ramp up the excitement.)

Be prepared for death defying stunts that seem to defy gravity and pyrotechnic and laser displays that are synced to rock alternative, heavy metal and eletronic music. These stunts are performed by recent X Games medalists as well as some world-class motorcross medalists. Nuclear Cowboys is a night of family fun on wheels! But bring your ear plugs! It sure is loud! And the laser and special effects will grab your attention and keep it throughout the show.

Video courtesy of YouTube

Fun sourveniers from Nuclear Cowboys for the kids included light up mohawks (so tempted to get one and make my husband wear it for a fun picture, but... figured he'd divorce over messing up his hair!) Lots of t-shirts and hats; action figures on their motorcross bikes were available as well. My daughter was dying for a copy of their soundtrack, unfortunately this wasn't available! As usual prices for these souveniers were high, but anymore that's what I have come to expect at shows and concerts. Keep in mind you can usually pick them up on their web site after the show for less.

I really liked the IZOD Center. We were warned it was confusing to get to but we just set the GPS and had no problem at all. The parking was easy and handicap accessible. If you're a grandparent (or anyone who needs accessiblity) if you call ahead they have seperate areas for you to sit that don't involve stairs that are almost like box seats, complete with comfortable folding chairs and lots of leg room, walker room or wheelchair room. Be sure to ask ahead of time though, I'm sure there is limited availability.

Staff at the IZOD Center were great. Unfailingly polite and helpful, although the guy at the cookie counter confused orders. Employees went out of their way to be helpful. The Center has them all wear nametags which makes it easy for you when you want to thank them. (Yes their service was that good!) The Will Call Window Staff were great as was William at the elevator and our usher.

If you missed the Nuclear Cowboys show at the IZOD Center at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, the next shows are going to be in Tacoma, Washington, Portland, Oregon, Ontario Canada and Mexico City. If you missed it this year be sure to keep track of next year's shows so you can see the show nearest to your house. 

Thank you Jersey Family Fun. This Pennsylvania family definitely had fun at Nuclear Cowboys at the IZOD Center.

**I won the tickets to this event as noted above. I was not asked to write this post in exchange for the tickets or any other compensation. Any opinion is my own and not influenced by being lucky enough to win a giveaway.

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