Axes and Anchors’ US Air Guitar Championships

 

UPDATE: Our celebrity judges will be: Jeff Watson, formerly of Night Ranger, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot, and Matt Bachand of Shadows Fall and Act of Defiance!

 

The first US Air Guitar Championships competition of 2016 will happen Feb. 21 on the high seas, somewhere between Key West and the Bahamas — and you can be a part of it!

 

We set sail on Saturday Feb. 20, so there’s still time to join the Axes & Anchors Cruise, see guitar Gods like Zakk Wylde and Yngwie Malmsteen, and compete in our first official competition of 2016, hosted by 2013 Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin! The winner automatically qualifies for a Semifinal spot nearest their hometown. If you’re interested, email eric@scene-stealers.com and register to competeMore info at axesandanchors.com.

 

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Shred Pounds: Huffington Post and Everyone Else Picks Up Air Guitar Fitness Craze

(Click here to be taken to the videos.)

 

So, once again, the internet is all aflutter with another project from the USAG community – this time it’s Portland’s Charles Muir – applying the art of air guitar to some other seemingly unrelated endeavor.

 

Today it’s all about the workout. And it is indeed true that while the typical air guitar physique may be on the huskier side, there are still legions of performers who’ve shed pounds while perfecting their craft. Midwest performers NORDIC THUNDER (Justin Howard) and FLYIN’ FINN (Andrew Finn) come to mind immediately.

 

But what now of Mr. Charles Muir (aka Facemolester), the mastermind who started this hybrid fitness craze? How does he fit into the picture below? He’s way back there in the shadows, in that “take a step back from the camera please, sir, no another step please, yeah one more, that’s perfect,” avoiding tangles of wire leading to a camera that stopped working years ago. The only deeper off/on-screen personality? The man with the spacebar, whose mother is probably watching for no reason, crouched behind Charles while playing the music, thinking he really needs to work out more.

 

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2016 US Air Guitar Championships Routing is Underway!

2016 US Air Guitar Championships planning is underway, and this year will be bigger and better than ever! We will again have three rounds of competition (qualifier, semifinal, final) and we are adding more shows and new cities in the semifinal round of the US Air Guitar Championships.

 

Qualifying round shows:

Feb 20-24: 2016 US Air Guitar Championships special event on the Axes and Anchors cruise, with Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Breaking Benjamin, Tony Macalpine, Marty Friedman, Tracii Guns, and more.  Details here.

People in the following cities have expressed an interest in organizing a qualifier show, from April 1 – June 4:

Central Pennsylvania, Orlando, North Carolina, Austin, Philadelphia, NYC, Detroit, Houston, Columbus, Minneapolis, Nashville, Tulsa, Denver, Des Moines, Seattle, Sacramento, Boise, Salt Lake City, LA, Tucson, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz, maybe more …

We hope to have the final list of qualifier cities confirmed by the end of February. If you are interested in hosting a qualifying-round US Air Guitar Championships show, email ltfacemelter@usairguitar.com. All requests must be received by February 14.

 

Semifinal round shows, mid-June to mid-July:

Portland, San Diego. Boston, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Kansas City.

Donald Trump Blasts US Air Guitar: “Uncomfortable looking”

As part of our ongoing political coverage, we ran a meta[L]analysis of The Donald’s twitter feed through the mojo and found several off-color comments he made about some close friends of US Air Guitar: first, he beefs with one of our favorite celebrity judges, Willie Geist; then, “Rockin’ in the Free World,” which Finland uses to end each World Championship. Finally, in one especially alarming tweet, he manages to insult our pals at Major League Baseball and drugs (drugs!!!) at the same time. What next, trash talking backstage pita and hummus?

 


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AI Guitar

In a follow-up to our mecho-lego story, responding to a steaming heap of user feedback along the lines of “dude, Of Monsters and Men sucks,” here’s a robot playing Deep Purple.

 


 

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