Playing an invisible guitar to a favorite tune is something we’re all guilty of. However, while most people prefer to do it in the privacy of their bedrooms, there’s actually a whole competition dedicated to air guitaring in Finland, and they’ve just crowned their king of 2017.
New York-based air guitarist Matt ‘Airistotle’ Burns successfully defended his title at the grand finale of the Air Guitar World Championships this past weekend in Oulu, Northern Finland, by shredding and invisible guitar to the heavy metal version of I Will Survive by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.
According to Chicago Tribune, the competition actually started as a joke, but seeing it click with so many people worldwide, it’s been going on for 22 years now. “The purpose of the Air Guitar World Championships is to promote world peace,” the website explains. This year
This year, Airistotle took the crown with a score of 35.4, followed by Patrick ‘Ehrwolf’ Culek from Germany and Alexander ‘The Jinja Assassin’ from Australia, who tied for second place with a score of 34.6. Third place was awarded to 15-year-old Japanese Show-Show with a 34.5. Holding the trophy on his hands, Burns stated:
“People think that we’re saying that we’re talented musicians by playing air guitar. That’s not the case, we’re just here having a good time.”
Check out his crazy performance – as well as some other insane air rocking by other finalists – below: