At the Air Guitar National Championships at Metro in Chicago the masters of airness came together to rock out.
Over a dozen contestants from all over the country competed in the 9th national championship, Sat July 23. The first round saw contestants jam for 60 seconds to their own song choice, exhibiting attitude, technical merit as an air guitarist, and rock charisma.
This year, the long-haired, bearded wonder Nordic Thunder, clad with his hammer of the gods, won the competition. Matt Burns, a 20 year old from New York City who goes by Airistotle finished a half point behind Nordic Thunder to take the runner up spot.
Here's the head banging metal mania highlights:
Host Bjorn Turoque kicked off things with a remake of the old 1980s classic by Bonnie Tyler. But it wasn't "Total Eclipse of the Heart" in its original form. Instead, "Total Eclipse of Guitar" reminded us that these masters needed no such instruments.
San Diego's chop master Six String General, launched off the stage riser to Van Halen's air guitar classic song "Panama", as the only contestant to rock Eddie's air Stereocaster that night.
Gorgeous rock goddess Airisol, the Minneapolis regional champ, not only look and dressed the part, but added somersaults, heavy metal pilates, and other stage theatrics during the second round to Motley Crue's "Kickstart My Heart".
Portland's Tony Tapatio summoned his inner Jimi Hendrix to the same song in the final round, riling a little voodoo child from the crowd at Metro.
Andy Frye has written for ESPN.com, The Bleacher Report and obsesses about life's competitive leisures here and on Twitter at @MySportsComplex. Play some Skynard...