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U.S. Air Guitar Championships: Heavy Metal, No Instruments Required

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

'Big Rig' shows off his best riff in spangly pink pants. "Big Rig" shows off his best riff in spangly pink pants. (Courtesy of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships)

All the elements of heavy metal bliss will be on view at the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday — except for the instruments. At the U.S. Air Guitar Championships (U.S.A.G.C.), anyone who pays the $20 entrance fee is invited to don his or her favorite leather chaps and crazy costume to compete for the chance to represent Manhattan in the national competitions of the U.S.A.G.C., held in Chicago on July 23.

Competitors with spoofy names like "Bjorn Turoque" and "Rockness Monster" will perform air guitar (no air drums allowed as per the official rules) for a crowd of amped up revelers. If this is a little too much nerve-jangling headbanging for a Wednesday night, have no fear -- the battle of hardcore rock ethos continues in Brooklyn on Thursday at Brooklyn Bowl.

Check out a slideshow of air guitar champs below.

Vlad DM Wailer goes aerial for maximum effect.
Kyle Dean Reinford
Vlad DM Wailer goes aerial for maximum effect.
A Hello Kitty chest plate is the ultimate accessory for C-Diddy, who holds the first world champion title.
Courtesy of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships
A Hello Kitty chest plate is the ultimate accessory for C-Diddy, who holds the first world champion title.
Ricky Stinkfingers rocks the two-toned tights and a romper. His official claim to fame is the on-stage dive.
Zach McNees
Ricky Stinkfingers rocks the two-toned tights and a romper. His official claim to fame is the on-stage dive.
William Ocean, the pioneer of the backflip beercan crush, surfs the crowd with an air guitar solo.
Dan Eckstein
William Ocean, the pioneer of the backflip beercan crush, surfs the crowd with an air guitar solo.
A 2010 finalist, Romeo DanceCheetah says he mixes
Zach McNees
A 2010 finalist, Romeo DanceCheetah says he mixes "feline sex appeal with predatory ferocity." That sums up the pants.
The antics aren't just for the brosefs. Here, McNallica rocks out at the championships in 2008.
Andrew Huff/flickr
The antics aren't just for the brosefs. Here, McNallica rocks out at the championships in 2008.

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