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A Dark Horse Wins the Highest Title in Air Guitar

A Dark Horse Wins the Highest Title in Air Guitar

American Justin “Nordic Thunder” Howard convinced both judges and the audience at the 17th Air Guitar World Championships final at Rotuaari Square in Oulu, Northern Finland on Friday 24 August. Second time was the charm for Nordic Thunder who competed at the world final as US Champion in 2011, and got through to the final this year from the Dark Horses Qualifying Round that was battled on Thursday 23 August in Oulu. Nordic Thunder’s countryman Matt “Airistotle” Burns scored the second, and the third place was taken over by Theun "Tremelo Theun" de Jong form The Netherlands.

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Sat 25 Aug 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Nordic Thunder is the new World Champion

Nordic Thunder is the new World Champion

The results of the Air Guitar World Championships Final 2012:

1. Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard, 34,6 (US)
2. Matt "Airistotle" Burns, 34,4 (US)
3. Theun "Tremelo Theun" de Jong, 34,3 (NL)
4. Andro "The Void" Urb, 34,2 (EE)
5. Jaakko "The Colossal" Härkönen, 33,5 (FI)
6. Takehito "Choco Bat Ukai" Saito, 33,4 (JP)
7. Ephraim "The Fame Flame" Noer, 33,3 (DK)?
7. Veronika "Like Ever Gin" Müllerova, 33,3 (CZ)
7. Corentin "AirGus" Fermont, 33,3 (BE)
8. Aline "Devil's Niece" Westphal, 32,8 (DE)
9. Vincent "V-Snyder" Bekaert, 16,4 (FR)
9. Jonathan "Juan Nightstand" Morales 16,4 (UK)
10. Quinten "The Great PretendAir" Rutgers 16,3 (NL)
11. Jan "Geeky Gisbert" Fischer 16,2 (DE)
11. Marie "Moldy Peach" von Borstel 16,2 (DE)
11. Artem "Olympian" Chernov 16,2 (RU)
12. Raphaël "Willy Wantmore" Monnanteuil 16,1 (BE)
12. Bryan "Telerockbies" Antoine 16,1 (BE)

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Fri 24 Aug 2012 | Permalink | Comments (5)

Final performance order

1. Raphael “Willy Wantmore” Monnanteuil (BE)
2. Corentin “AirGus” Fermont (BE)
3. Justin “Nordic Thunder” Howard (US)
4. Jan “Geeky Gisbert” Fischer (DE)
5. Theun “Tremelo Theun” de Jong (NL)
6. Marie “Moldy Peach” von Borstel (DE)
7. Veronika “Like Ever Gin” Mullerova (CZ)
8. Takehito “Choco Bat Ukai” Saito (JP)
9. Vincent “V-Snyder” Bekaert (FR) 
10.Andro “The Void” Urb (EE)
11. Bryan “Telerockbies” Antoine (BE)
12. Matt ”Airistotle” Burns (US)
13. Jonathan “Juan Nightstand” Morales (UK)
14. Aline “Devil's Niece” Westphal (DE)
15. Ephraim Hertel “The Fame Flame” Noer (DK)
16. Quinten “The Great PretendAir” Rutgers (NL)
17. Artem “Olympian” Chernov (RU)
18. Jaakko “The Colossal” Härkönen (FI)

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Fri 24 Aug 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Five Air Guitarists Clear the Dark Horses Qualifying Round

Oh, the amount of Airness! The Dark Horses Qualfying round was battled at 45 Special on the World Final eve, and five masterful contestants from all around the world won their way to the airiest battle of the year. 

Dark Horses Qualifiying Round Top Five

1. Corentin "AirGus" Fermont (BE) 17,8
2. Theun "Tremolo Theun" de Jong (NL) 17,5
3. Jan "Geeky Gisbert" Fischer (DE) 17,4
4. Raphael "Willy Wantmore" Monnanteuil (BE) 17,3
4. Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard (US) 17,3

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Fri 24 Aug 2012 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Dark Horses performance order

 1. Seth Leibowitz
2. Kereel “Your Daddy” Blumenkranz
3. Clay “The Ranga Banga” Connolly
4. Frederic “Fred Hot Chilli Poppers” de Vincelles
5. Magic Cyclops
6. Merlin “Lester 'Lixx' Dickson” Schumacher
7. Katariina “Kat” Kynnös
8. Guy “The Bandit” Thompson
9. Thomas “Tommy String” Rossi
10. Gustav "Latino Loco" Andersen Salinas
11. Chelsie “Cannonball Mavin'” Jangord
12. Henna “Hennadrix” Hanhineva
13. Raphael “Willy Wantmore” Monnanteuil
14. Marko “Miss Ankee” Stjärnvall
15. Then “Tremelo Theun” de Jong
16. Jens “Dirt Devil” Weber
17. Vaatu “Angelair” Kalajoki
18. Mathias “Eric 'Nu' Matic” Mertens
19. Linse “The Viking Princess” Kessler
20. Doug “The Thunder” Stroock
21. Jan “Geeky Gisbert” Fischer
22. Corentin “AirGus” Fermont
23. Justin “Nordic Thunder” Howard

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Thu 23 Aug 2012 | Permalink | Comments (1)

The Air Guitarist of the Month: Devil's Niece, vol. 3

The Air Guitarist of the Month: Devil's Niece, vol. 3

A YEAR OF AIR GUITAR

I had a lot of funny moments. I remember a little girl in the ice rink. As I went by
she said to her mother: “Take a look, Mommy! There is a vampire!” It made my
day!

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Tue 21 Aug 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Air Guitarist of the Month: Devil's Niece, vol. 2

The Air Guitarist of the Month: Devil's Niece, vol. 2

THE CULTURE HISTORY OF AIR GUITAR
Do you know the name of the man who played the first verified air guitar ever?
Do you know which other air instrument was played 102 years before the first air
guitar?

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Fri 10 Aug 2012 | Permalink | Comments (2)

The Air Guitarist of the Month: Devil's Niece, vol. 1

The Air Guitarist of the Month: Devil's Niece, vol. 1

It was in 2009 when I discovered a “Media Aesthetics and Air Guitar” course and
a workshop called “Playing Air Guitar” in the university calendar. I was anxious to
take part! For me as a huge fan of Rock music it seemed to be a really diversified
course.

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Fri 3 Aug 2012 | Permalink | Comments (0)