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.

Monday, February 7, 2011

R.I.P. Gary Moore

I just read that one-time Thin Lizzy guitarist and solo artist, Gary Moore, passed away yesterday. Here's a link to my man Steven Seaweed of The Bone, about a story involving Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) and Gary Moore:

My first hearing of him was while at KRQR in 1990, right before I left, when Still Got The Blues came out. Great stuff. Did a cover of Orbison's Oh Pretty Woman. But the solo on the title track, is the air bomb. If you listen, you can hear him hit the lead pedal, and the rest is history.

If you can find anything of his in your collection, or online, do so, and air it out of respect.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Chase Is Better Than The Catch..

In honor of the recent show, Hot Lixx celebrating with the godfather himself. Absynthe anyone? Nice sandwich, dudes.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Zona In Da Hizzah..

First, the Claw disclaimer. Our elite force, based on the sheer comraderie of all, air guitar will always be the foundation, but as a secondary family, Claw would like to think, and prefers to believe, has transcended. This means whatever happens in our lives, each of us are welcome to the events of others, air guitar-related, OR NOT.

After all, as much as air guitar means to the Claw, seeing other air guitarists playing actual, real, guitar, technically, should be considered a sin, as dictated by the air guitar gods, but Claw extends a pass anyway. Call it a mulligan. But only to family members.

Claw will update soon on the tri-gathering (Hot Lixx, Cold Steel, Awesome) at Gilman this evening, for which Claw was unable to attend. He did have a chance to swing by for a cameo at our correspondent's gallery get-together. That would be April Air-Niel's soiree, at her homebase, the Cafe Royale, at Post/Leavenworth. It was a composite of 8 different artists in the field of photography. April was prominently displayed, aside all the other, dare I say, inferior, wall-mounted attempts at capturing something in the still of the moment.

But seriously, folks, it was a nice display of the world around us, in color, and black 'n'white, for all to see. O'Niel was the shizziel. Nice work, Zona, the mastadona, of the new world.

Of course, Claw wouldn't be Claw without stirring up the shiznit by swearing, hot damn, not a single shot of one of us on stage, doin' our thang, holdin' nothin' in biggie. That's reserved for another day, when it's all about us, and nothing else. All in good time.

Like Claw says, it's about you and what you're doing, and not about us and what we're doing...

"In space, no one can hear you play."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Happy New Year / Gung Hay Fat Choy

Greetings special forces. 2011 promises to be an exciting year, so say the air guitar gods. It's still off-season, but stuff is always happening. Sometimes, more than one on the same day. Here's a couple events coming up this Thursday, which also happens to be Chinese New Year. I suppose the fact that Cold Steel Renegade is performing, in the Year of the Hair, i mean, Hare, is no coincidence. Also present will be Awesome, who's got some hair of his own, even though it comes off after the performance (heh heh), and Hot Lixx Hulahan. (one of Claw's resolutions for 2011 is the aquisition of wheels, so he can finally get around to these shows that are currently out of his reach) Here's the invite:

"Hey folks... Cold Steel Renegade here to let you know about an upcoming show this Thursday at THE GILMAN in Berkeley. Come watch me break wind and get your face melted in the process, as I violently milk notes from a guitar resulting from advanced delusions. If that wasn't enough, there will be performances by local comedian Alex Koll AKA Air Guitar legend [Awesome], 2008 Air Guitar WORLD Champ Hot Lixxx Hulahan, and Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children Macnuggits. To see you there would be a blessing, and potentially arousing."

It's at Gilman in Berkeley, which, aside from the fact it's two days away, and short notice, may not necessarily be possible for many, but if you can show up, show your support.

Locally, our resident SF AirForce correspondent, April Air-Neil (Christine Zona), has an event going on at the Cafe Royale on 800 Post St. and Leavenworth. It's called "Together Forever". Here are the details:

"Together Forever is a photography show that captures the human spirit in all its glory. Featuring the works of 7 Bay Area photographers:

Christine Zona:
I'm a toy camera addict. I was voted the 3rd Best Portrait Photographer in the Bay Area. I love making the mundane seem otherworldly. My best photographs are full of emotion, textures, and surprises."

You can view the other six at this link:

Also up on the Air-Niel blog, is a piece on our own Alex Koll, aka Awesome. Claw apologies for the delay, since this was posted back in November of 2010.

If any of youz got info on upcoming showz, send The Claw a shout-out, and I'll pass along the 411.

Welcome to the new year. Both of them.

"Lions are cool, but Tiger rulz."