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.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Support For Our Own...

Shout out to Lost Heartbreaker, commander of our Twin Cities Chapter in Minneapolis, MN, for the upcoming Milwaukee competition, as well as prayers that SFAF's own Brock McRock is able to come up with something, to represent our Southern Chapter affiliate. Whether it's Houston, Austin, wherever, the AirForce is behind you in spirit. Of course, if either of you make it to SF, you're on your own. AS IS THE REST OF THE AIRFORCE.

Y'all may be used to The Claw and his serious technical performances, for which no one can hold a candle to, but never had to worry, due to the absence of costuming and stage choreography, but if you want to win, enter for Friday. Cuz if you show up on Saturday, you will have wasted the $20 entry fee, your time, your energy, your resources, and whatever else you brought with you.

You've been warned.

Week In Review..

The Claw hooked up with Crusher and Gobo (my mofo) for Queens Of The Stone Age at the classic old-school venue, the Fox Grand Lake, in Oaktown, this past Monday. Both were a first for Claw (band and venue). Queens rocked the house. And the Fox transported Claw to another timezone. Wide staircases with classic red carpeting, sculptured walls in the lobby and hall, blue-lighted ceiling. Awesome. And the Queens? Took The Claw back to the days of dark, ambient, hypnotica of the 90's, made famous by Kyuss, Love & Rockets, etc. Gobo, a hardcore fan himself, was hardpressed to clue me in on the best album to purchase. No prob. We figured it out.

As for Oaktown? Both Claw and Crusher were glad he had GPS. Way too much construction to get in the way of commute, with one freeway access blocked outright. Oakland. Geez. Claw is glad he was with Crusher. He has a history of getting into situations that would take a normal person's life, and escaping without a scratch. Thanks, Crush.

Crusher was The Claw's tag team partner. If any of you have had an opportunity to read Claw's autobiography, "My Chequered Life", please put pressure on Crusher to pen his own story. Hangin' with The Crusher is always in order. Amazing history.

Claw missed the Alameda show, but made it to The Blue Macaw, for Shred Nugent's band, Kippis. Great show. Shred Nugent rocks on guitar. If you've never been to a live show with Shred on guitar, you'd see for yourself, this guy can play. When it comes to guitar playing, Claw is a total critic. Shred...he hits the notes, nothing off key, nothing over-the-top. He compliments the band as a whole, contributes to the music in general, and wails when the opportunity presents itself. It's why whenever Shred plays live, you will most likely find Claw in the audience.

Sidenote: after entering the Macaw for the first time, it became apparent that this was the old 12 Galaxies club. The very club where Claw's first mask, WWE's Kane mask, was stolen from backstage during an air guitar exhibition. On a positive note, 12 Galaxies also was Tiger Claw's second live appearance outside of the competition, showcasing for the Dr. Hal Show, a year before the mask loss. You can see the video on this site, on the right sidebar, performing EVH's Eruption. My friend videotaping, kept closing in and dropping back, and the camera screwed up on focus during the tapping part, for which Claw claims is simply because EVH had the intellectual property rights on the tapping technique. Yeah, right.

Great week for live music.

Friday, April 8, 2011

SFAF All Over The Place..

Our SF AirForce civilian correspondent, Captain April Air'Neil (Christine), recently designed a pic of of our own Generals Hot Lixx and Bjorn Turoque, which US AirGuitar picked up and used on their site. Our sphere of influence continues to reach beyond Congratulations April..
You can also see it at

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Shred Nugent destruction..

From the Shredder/Kippis camp:

I just wanted to let you know of a busy week here at the "KIPPIS" camp.

We went into the studio last week to record, and will put more work into it before we have something ready to release - we're very excited about the songs, and can't wait for you to hear them!

Which brings me to this - we have TWO gigs coming up in this next week:
Sat Apr 9th - 9pm $5 admission
Rooster's Roadhouse - Alameda
1700 Clement Ave (& Grand)
We have an opening act at 9pm, so we will go on @ 10pm...

Now check THIS out:

We are playing in a "Battle Of The Bands" - for a chance to play the Haight Street Fair on June 12th - this is a fundraiser for the Fair, and tickets are $7-10 sliding scale...

Winners are chosen by crowd noise, so we need you up here to "CHEER" - us on! Of course, Kippis being the Finnish word for "cheers" is a good sign I hope!!!

Here's the info:
Thurs, Apr 14th - doors at 8PM, Show at 9PM - $7-10 Sliding Scale
The Blue Macaw
2565 Mission St (b/w 21st & 22nd)


Claw can't make the Roadhouse, but will be at the Macaw
also to present Shredder with his badge of honor
if Awesome, Priestess, or Singar show, Claw will have yours.

And, if any of the SF AirForce show up to the Macaw,
Claw's got your first drink.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Prospecting in Portland

Whalin BigAir is a force to be reckoned with. At least in his hometown region. While Seattle is new to the fold, which is surprising, since Seattle established themselves on the map at the beginning of the 90's, with classic alternative grunge (Nirvana, Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam, Screaming Trees, Mudhoney, Alice In Chains, Temple Of The Dog, and Claw's favorite, Soundgarden), pushing metal back underground, and probably for good reason, since the genre had been diluted for years, thanks to glam, and only recently becoming part of the US Air Guitar Championship, Portland, on the other hand, are veterans of the fold.

Whalin BigAir hails from Portland, Oregon. And if all goes according to plan, several of the SF AirForce will be invading the Pacific Northwest, and challenging Whalin in his own backyard. But if we're going on the road ourselves, we should at least extend the courtesy of an invitation to our home. All's fair in love and air.

And so it goes, Whalin BigAir has shown he has the colors. The colors of love and compassion for air guitar, and all that it embodies. The Claw is proud to welcome Whalin as our affiliate commander of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the SF AirForce. All that is left is to compete in SF, and earn his stripes up to the main roster. The gauntlet has been thrown...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Claw of the Caribbean

Ay, me matey, the Claw says your air guitar holds no water, so get back to swabbin the decks, or you will be walkin the plank before the day is through...

Saturday, April 2, 2011

King Claw on the Air Guitar Throne

Tiger Claw once sold his soul to the devil, for his unparalled air guitar ability. Shortly after the transaction, Claw ripped out the devil's heart in exchange for his soul. The devil, who always appreciated irony, couldn't stay mad and admitted he should have saw it coming. They now play poker and jam every second Wednesday.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Latest addition to the SF AirForce

The SF AirForce proudly welcomes multi-city competitor and two-time SF performer (2009), from Minneapolis, MN, representing the Twin Cities Chapter up north, Lost Heartbreaker. Salute...

Classification: Inactive, on administrative leave

Due to the upcoming 2011 US Air Guitar Competition, Bjorn Turoque, the tour host/emcee, and Hot Lixx Hulahan, one of several tour judges, are temporarily suspended from any and all activity involving the SF AirForce. Status: inactive, on administrative leave. We wish them well in their tour across America, and will welcome them back into the fold after the conclusion of the US Competition.