Q&A: Travis Pastrana on 'Nitro Circus Live' in Vegas

Tue, Apr 12
Nitro CircusNitro Circus Live Nitro Circus Live has done tours in Australia and New Zealand and now is ready to play the U.S.

Action sports are heading back to Sin City.

X Games legend Travis Pastrana is bringing the North American debut of "Nitro Circus Live" to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on June 4. The event, a touring version of the MTV show "Nitro Circus," is filled with daring sports that Pastrana and his team have created.

Pastrana, a 17-time X Games medalist, talks with Page 2 about the live show, the movie he's making about it and just how far these stunts will go.

Where did the idea to do a live show in Vegas come from?

We've done two tours in Australia and one in New Zealand -- it was kind of just for fun, and we figured we could go there and generally the crowds are more adhesively accessible of whatever kind of show you're putting on. In the States you have to be really, really on your game. We have so much media and sports and entertainment that you have to really impress; you have to do something that's never been done before. We never really thought about coming to the States until we just kept selling out stadium after stadium. We're like, all right, this is something that people want to see and we'd love to do it here in the U.S.

The X Games lend themselves naturally to a show like this ...

What we try to do is make an environment where we can do everything that they do at X Games in a safer mentality. Like we have really thin pads, but enough where it'll hopefully cut down on the injuries and allow these guys to try stuff they wouldn't normally be able to try. We can build ramps and all kinds of different stuff that you can't adjust at X Games, but if someone wants to try something bigger or better or do something that's never been done before, we'll add a few feet to the ramp or we'll add whatever they need. We can put contraptions on, like we can put foot pegs for extra people. It's basically taking all the top guys, allowing them to push themselves further than they ever would without a live event or something like that and getting them the opportunity to build whatever ramps or whatever they need to progress their sport.

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