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There's more to Bello Nock than his hair


Bello Nock is glad to have a summer residency in Biloxi and at the Beau Rivage, Thursday, June 9, 2016.
Bello Nock is glad to have a summer residency in Biloxi and at the Beau Rivage, Thursday, June 9, 2016.

Let’s get it out of the way so we can move on -- Bello Nock, the ‘world’s greatest daredevil,” who is simply known as Bello, has hair that is interesting. It’s his trademark. But his hairdo is the least interesting thing about Bello.

And that’s saying a lot.

Bello is hanging out at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino this summer as part of the cast of the theatrical circus, “BraVeau.” The show runs weekly except for Fridays, through August 7.

If you ask Bello, it was fate that brought him back to the Beau.

“I have a picture of me from when I was 7-year-old and I’m dressed like the Clown at Circus Circus in Las Vegas,” he said. “40 years later, I’m headlining another show at an MGM property -- I knew what I wanted to be and I’ve loved every minute of it.”

Growing up in the 1970s, the term daredevil was synonymous with Evel Knievel, who was one of my tough guy heroes -- Evel Knievel and Fonzie, who was the first person to literally “jump the shark," because, you know, jumping garbage cans in the parking lot at Arnold’s had lost its luster. I had Mego action figures of both Evel Knievel and Fonzie.

And Bello, another child of the 70s, said he was not stranger to the late Knievel.

“Evel Knievel was a friend of my dad’s and he came to our for lunch a few times,” Bello said. “There are now thousands of daredevils, but the all owe everything to three people -- Karl Wallenda, Evel Knievel and my father, Eugene Nock -- my dad may not have been the most famous man in the industry, but he was the most respected.”

Bello is also a fan of rock 'n' roll and plays guitar. He occasionally jumps on stage to to jam with his friends and one of my favorite rock bands (Chicago is the other), Cheap Trick.

“Every band thinks they are a great live band until they see Cheap Trick,” he said. “I’ve jammed with them and they will add stuff to the set list they haven’t played in 20 years."

He said he once a requested a song they hadn’t played in years.

“I asked them to play ‘Woman’ and I asked them when was the last time they played it and Rick (Nielsen) said, ‘Oh, when it came out,’” Bello said. “Without missing a beat, the dropped it like that -- it was amazing. When they go on stage, you can’t follow that -- if they are the opening act, they are going to blow the headliners off the stage.”

And lastly, the world’s greatest daredevil and I discussed an odd 1974 Hanna-Barbera cartoon “Devlin,” which followed the antics of daredevil Ernie Devlin and his cohorts as they traveled the country in a van. It was a “dramatic” cartoon brought to you by the team that created "Scooby Doo."

“Yeah, it was disappointing,” Bello said. “It seems like they were always solving crimes or something instead of doing stunts.”

Jeff Clark is a staff writer for the Sun Herald. His favorite Cheap Trick album is "In Color." Follow him on Twitter @thejeffclark