USA’s Hulahan Aces Air Guitar Championship


When holding an air guitar, one cannot be holding a

By Blurt

As previously reported
in this space, Hot Lixx Hulahan (known to his ma and pa
as Craig Billmeier) was crowned the 2008 Cuervo Black US
Air Guitar earlier this month, defeating twenty-four challengers from around
the country, all vying for the opportunity to represent the United States at the
World Championships in Finland. The event brought 20 more challengers – this
time from all around the globe – including two-time defending World Champion
Ochi (Dainoji) Yosuke of Japan, as well as representatives from Russia, Australia,
the United Kingdom, and South Africa.



On Aug.
20 Hulahan bested them all. “I honestly didn’t think I had a chance,” Billmeier
said in a statement afterwards. “Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to do good, to do
everyone proud, to at least look decent on YouTube.” (See below for Hulahan
performing at the event.)



winning the Air Guitar World Championship title, Billmeier was awarded a
Finnish handmade Flying Finn electric guitar. Of his victory, he said simply, “I
certainly did not expect this.”

Dan Crame (Aka Bjorn Turoque), emcee of the Cuervo Black
US Air Guitar Championships Tour, and star of the American feature film, Air Guitar Nation, was on hand to host
the event (the first time the competition was hosted by a non-Finn). Crane said
of Hot Lixx’s compulsory round performance, “He couldn’t have nailed the song
more perfectly. Every move was precise and the audience was eating out of the
palm of his hand.” The judges concurred, giving Hot Lixx a near-perfect score. “I’ve
never seen such a near-perfect score in the final round,” Crane said. “Afterwards,
everyone came up to him and said they were happy that if it wasn’t them that
won, they were glad it was Hot Lixx. He’s just got that Air about him.”

“It’s certainly in keeping with the true heart of air
guitar, which is World Peace,” said US Air Guitar co-founder Kriston Rucker, referring
to the Air Guitar Ideology which states that if one is holding an air guitar, one
cannot, at the same time, be holding a gun. “I think it speaks to the old Air
Guitar Ideology which states that if one is holding an air guitar, one cannot,
at the same time, be holding a gun. I believe this victory validates the
organizational initiatives we put into place following our three year drought
at the world level. It also reaffirms that our talent pipeline is robust, and
will only grow stronger with the global attention that Hot Lixx is bringing to
our event.”

Since its inception, US Air Guitar has sent a
representative to compete for the World Air Guitar crown six times. This latest
win marks the third time the United
States has triumphed. ‘With this win, America has
just entered an Air Guitar dynasty,’ said USAG co-founder Cedric Devitt. The US won the world crown in its first and second
years in the world competition (2003 & 2004, respectively), but
relinquished the throne in 2005 to Michael (Destroyer) Heffels of the Netherlands,
and in 2006 and 2007 to Ochi (Dainoji) Yosuke of Japan.




Guitar World Championships Results With Scores:

1. Craig “Hot Lixx Hulahan” Billmeier (United States) 35.5
2. Andel “John Sniffler” Soree (Netherlands) 34.8
3. Cole “Johnny Utah” Manson (Canada) 34.7
4 Francois-Xavier “Master Peace” Phan (France) 34.4
4. Ichikawa the Rock (Japan) 34.4
6. Ochi “Dainoji” Yosuke (Japan) 34.2
7. Christian “Heart Buckboard” Sweep (Denmark) 33.5
8. Clay “Clay Bangers” Connolly (Australia) 33.4
8. Daniel “Midnight Moses” Robertson (United Kingdom)
10. Simon “Turak” Edwards (United Kingdom) 32.8
11. Ramsey James “Carlos Slazenger” Williamson (Greece) 16.6
11. Maxim “Angel of Death” Andro (Finland) 16.6
13. Daniel “Fahnderstruck” Faranna (Italy)16.5
13. Terje “Lord Fist” Stephansen (Norway) 16.5
15. Aikyu “Super IQ” Kanagawa (Japan) 16.4
16. Dirk “Lord Airness” Lüdi (Switzerland) 16.3
17. Heine “Lord Wolmer” van der Walt (South Africa)
17. Alexander “Devil Seducer” Gott (Russia) 16.1
19. Oskari “Knucklefinger” Martimo (Finland) 15.4
20. Aivar Meos (Estonia) 15.1



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