Some of us play air guitar for fun, and others take it a little more seriously, as the U.S. Air Guitar Northeast semifinals are on the Lower East Side Tuesday night. NY1's Roger Clark met up with the pros and did a little shredding. He filed the following report.
Rob Weychert is one of the nation's top air guitarists. He is better known by his stage name, "Windhammer."
"Windhammer": It was given to me by the skies.
Clark: The skies?
"Windhammer": That's right. Basically, the heavens opened up and said, "If you're going to do air guitar, this is what you're going to be called."
He's not kidding. Air Guitar is the real deal, with an official governing body called U.S. Air Guitar, which was founded in 2003. Competitions are held nationwide, and about 200 people participate each year. It has worldwide appeal as well, with 24 countries holding their own national championships.
Another top performer is Alex Forbes, also known as Ricky Stink. His name is more colorful, but we can't really go there.
"It really does feel good," Ricky Stink said. "It's the proper treatment for rock 'n roll music for the right song, to really give it justice."
When you get these guys together, it's just a heck of a lot of fun. Just ask Doug "Thunder" Stroock, U.S. Air Guitar's Executive Vice President of Air Duties. Yep, that's his title.
"It's about having fun," Thunder said. "It's just about relaxing, having fun, getting up on stage and letting everybody party with the music."
Now of course, I have a bit of experience with this. Remember last year at this time?
This year, I decided to get a little help for my performance.
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You know what they say. The more the merrier. So how did I do?
"You have really a nice rhythmic foundation," Ricky Stink said.
"Convincing people that this thing is real and that you feel it, that's the tough part, and you've got that part down," Windhammer said.
Now that I've sort of mastered air guitar, maybe I should try something different. I don't know, like air drums? Nah.