The US is home to the world's most dominant air guitarists. And as such, the AirForce is home to the US' elite air guitarists. The AirForce was born out of the SF/Bay Area, in 2010, after an immortal showing at the legendary Fillmore West, and comprised of the Bay Area's most dominant airists, the Original 12, formed by SF master air guitarist, Tiger Claw.

The family first started out with a world champion (Hot Lixx Hulahan), a legend (Bjorn Turoque), and several veterans of the trade, of which four from SF went on to win multiple regional championships over the years since the US Air Guitar Competition came to SF in 2006. In 2010, US Air Guitar issued an award - the Profile of Excellence in the Field of Magnificence, to two individuals, both from SF.

2011 saw the expansion of the AirForce as a show of appreciation, a way to honor, and an effort to bring those who would express the same appreciation, honor, love, passion and dedication to the art the AirForce holds so dearly, together as one.

The AirForce is proud to be represented in other regions, in addition to SF's Golden Gate Chapter, throughout the US: Capitol (DC), Cascadia (Seattle), Chi-Town (Chicago), Mid-Atlantic (Charlottesville), MidWest (Kansas City), NorthEast (NY), Pacific Coast (Los Angeles), PacNorWest (Portland), SoCal (San Diego), SouthBay (San Jose, closed), Southern (Houston), Twin Cities (Minneapolis), the UK, and Russia.

We are the jedi masters of air guitar. AirForce Command, is strong, with the force.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cold Steel Renegade Raises The Bar..

For the record - as much as Claw pushes the technical aspect, he realizes it is only a part of the total picture that secures a competition win. That bigger picture was proven tonight, in more ways than one.

First, the one minute we're given/allowed for the annual regional air guitar competitions, is completely and utterly insubstantial and a pure lack of any possible time it takes to show any real skills in the field of air guitar.

Second, Cold Steel Renegade, who held the stage for more than 5 minutes; actually, it was more like 10 minutes, pulled off a performance that was not only top-shelf, but had the audience in awe.

His performance showed exactly why he is a champion. US Air Guitar should seriously consider expanding the performance time to 2-5 minutes, at least on a national level. CSR's musical montage spanned a variety of musical genres, and expertly cut'n'spliced between each. Claw knows. Claw worked in radio doing the same production-type scenarios.

Even better, his on-stage choreography was obviously practiced over and over, but when it came time to throw down, his performance was flawless. Tiger Claw was truly impressed, as was everyone else who attended.

But Tiger Claw wouldn't be Tiger Claw if he didn't say, "the recipe could use a tad more air guitar". Yeah, everyone's a critic. Renegade, excellent performance. 5 stars. Why you're not a National Champion is beyond Claw.

We want video. The ranks deserve it.

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