As mentioned last week, for the first time, the US Air Guitar Championships are happening in San Francisco, at the Grand on Friday, August 8. This year three local champs battle invisible instruments against each other and two dozen of the nation's finest for a chance to hit the world championships in Finland at the end of the month. To prepare you for the sorts of contestants the Air Guitar contest attracts, we're running Q&As with three more entrants for your reading pleasure.
First on deck: Hot Lixx Hulahan
Name: Hot Lixx Hulahan (Craig Billmeier)
City where you live: Alameda, CA
City where you qualified for the Air Guitar finals: Washington D.C.
Song used: “The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies” Faith No More
Personal motto: That is completely ridiculous, I’m in.
How’d you first hear about the U.S. Air Guitar Championships? I received the entry form from a handful of different people -- as if it was universally agreed that I’d be interested in something like this….as if.
Number of years you’ve competed: 3
First time you ever air guitared: This kind of behavior is innate to anyone who listens to rock music. My old roommate’s two-year old air guitars any time you put on a Ramones record. You don’t sit down and figure it out, it just comes to you. And if you have no shame, you let it.
Air Guitar vs. Guitar Hero vs. Rock Band: Which rules and why? They are all as fun as punch but I’d much rather be air guitaring to an amped-up audience than playing video games in my living room to my cats. Little known fact: I am the male drummer and guitar player model for Rock Band.
Best real guitarist (technically): Andrés Segovia
Most entertaining real guitarist: Steve Egerton or Matty Luv or Kyle Gass or Eddie van Halen or Michael Angelo Batio or that guy who sometimes shows up at the Montgomery BART station.
Other air instruments you play: I’m apparently pretty good at air wang.
Brief thoughts about San Francisco, host city for the Air Guitar national finals: Few places in the country, neigh - the world, are as excited and supportive of competitive air guitar as we are in the Bay Area. Finally, U.S. Air Guitar is acting on that enthusiasm.
Why you need to represent the U.S. in Finland for the world championships: I had the enviable opportunity of seeing every regional winner this year. While there are some extreme talents coming from all over the country to compete in SF this year I would probably put my money on Big Rig (from Colorado). If I’m not mistaken he has won the most regional competitions in the organization’s history. Add his experience to the fact that he had my absolute favorite compulsory round act this year and I think he is The Man To Beat. Oh, to answer your question, I ‘need’ to represent the U.S. in Finalnd only because I’d love to go and spend a week in another country with other music nerds from all over the world who all understand the supreme dorkiness of competitive air guitar. And because the world community could use another reminder that not all Americans are xenophobic, war-supporting, tight-wadded doodie-heads.
Boxers, g-strings, briefs, or granny panties: Gold Bond
Complete this phrase: To air is human, to ________ divine. “mock Bjorn Turoque”
Next contestant:Ricky Stinkfingers
City where you live: Stan Francisco
City where you qualified for the Air Guitar finals: Portland
Song used: "Mighty Morphin |Power Rangers Theme"
Personal motto: Androgyny Is The New Black.
How’d you first hear about the U.S. Air Guitar Championships? Work Security at the Independent. They do air-g comps there.
Number of years you’ve competed: 3 competitive years.
First time you ever air guitared: When I lost my virginity the first time at 8.
Air Guitar vs. Guitar Hero vs. Rock Band: Which rules and why? Guitar Hero is pretty sweet because you play some huge gigs around the world.
Best real guitarist (technically): Paul Gilbert of Mr. Big
Most entertaining real guitarist: Steve Lukather of Toto
Other air instruments you play: Triangle, Bagpipes, Flugel Horn, Oboe
Brief thoughts about San Francisco, host city for the Air Guitar national finals: It's kind of gay. Love the enthusiasm. Air Guitar breeding grounds
Why you need to represent the U.S. in Finland for the world championships: I have hypnotic Scandanavian powers and a headset mic with nothing but upside (plus a square head)
Boxers, g-strings, briefs, or granny panties: Granny Tranny Panties cuz you know where they've been
Complete this phrase: To air is human, to ________ divine. To air is human, to chair guitar divine.
Next up: Chuck Mung
Name: Chuck Mung (Garth Donald)
City where you live: Seattle, WA
City where you qualified for the Air Guitar finals: Seattle, WA 08
Song used: Rock Medley (Featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd, Foo Fighters, Children of Bodon, and Dragon Force
Personal motto: "Fuck that shit." If that isn't printable, then try..."Life isn't a competition. Life is an exhibition."
How'd you first hear about the U.S. Air Guitar Championships? I'd come across a Wall street Journal article on the Finland Competition years and years ago...Eventually made my way to Finland where I met up with C-Diddy and Sonyk Rock. The rest is history.
Number of years you've competed: I've been competing for 5 years now.
First time you ever air guitared: I started an Air Band called "DoomBoogerz" back in 2000. We were paid $30 and a pizza to open for some local band.
Air Guitar vs. Guitar Hero vs. Rock Band: Which rules and why? Guitar Hero and Rock Band are both useless wastes of time. Air guitar takes the physical restraints away from shredding. Why would you put the restraints back in place?
Best real guitarist (technically): The Great Kat (Katherine Thomas) is the greatest guitar player ever. I pray she's single. She has captured my heart, as well as some other organs.
Most entertaining real guitarist: Angus Young is easily the most entertaining to watch. I study his old videos to improve my routine.
Other air instruments you play: I have played Air Keyboard for a show in Germany, but I try and stick to Air Guitar primarily. It is the purest Air Instrument.
Brief thoughts about San Francisco, host city for the Air Guitar national finals: I just hope the SFPD has been warned that we are coming. I can guarantee they won't be as ready as I am.
Why you need to represent the U.S. in Finland for the world championships: Because I am the best damn Air Guitar player our nation has to offer.
Boxers, g-strings, briefs, or granny panties: There really isn't any room under my kilt for underwear, but I will gladly accept any thongs thrown on stage.
Complete this phrase: To air is human, to INEBRIATE, divine.