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Why bother learning how to play a real guitar when there is a small amount of fame in air guitar?

Thirteen head-banging, flailing, finger-wagging competitors strutted their stuff at St. Vitus, the borough’s church of heavy metal on Manhattan Ave. between Clay and Box streets on Wednesday night where each was given 60 seconds to make believe they were playing lead six-string on their favorite song in hopes of earning the title, well, best fake guitar player, we guess.

And make believe they did.

“It’s just jamming out, putting up some song that you’re into and feeling it, going for it,” said 27-year-old Josh Perry, who performed to Steel Panther’s “Eye of the Panther” under the name Doctor Rocktapus. “Hearing the excitement of the music overcomes you, and you focus on that.”

The top five contestants advanced to the second round, where the competition got much tougher, as finalists had to rock out to randomly chosen songs — some they might not be familiar with. Perry, for instance, was told to dance to an obscure song called “Gay Party,” which we could not find on iTunes, and one that was much more interesting to Google than the aforementioned “Eye of the Panther.”

“It’s tricky when you don’t know the song,” he said.

When all was said and done, a fake guitarist by the name of David C. Roth took home top prize, with G. Tso Money coming in second. Both earned the right to compete in the New York City championships, which will be held at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom in July.

Andrew Litz, the two-time U.S. air guitar champion, co-hosted Wednesday’s event. He won the U.S. title by beating about 500 competitors each time, but has thus far failed in his quest to become world champion. That contest, of course, takes place in Finland.

The best air guitarists, according to Litz, are the ones who are able to lose themselves in the song.

“You can imagine them in their room alone doing the same thing,” said Litz, who performs under the name William Ocean. “They don’t care that there is a crowd, or people are screaming and throwing beer.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:11 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

diehipster from Suffocating Soyboys says:
LOLLLLLL You can't make it up: The pictured talentless interlopers are actually named "Josh" and "Edan". Can you believe these latte slurping, celery-shaped, out-of-place hipster f*ucks moved to the most expensive part of Brooklyn (because they supposedly are 'vibrant creatives') and can only manage to play air guitar as their display of creativity? Does air guitar pay for their $2000 a month apartments, triple priced organic veggies, and $4.00 coffees? I can go on and on about how right I am with other REAL examples of how hipsters have pus*ified Brooklyn and ruined it for the MAJORITY which is the working class, but I'll stop here.

Now stay tuned for the yup patrol where you'll hear about: grandmas basements, post office workers, and how all other parts of Brooklyn except Bushpointburg are complete polluted war zone gang lands full of people that need to clear the way for more coffee shops, bike lanes, and artisanal craft stores - even though the yup patrol has never been south of Prospect Park in their few years in Brooklyn.
June 10, 2013, 7:07 am
ty from pps says:
I know, diehipster... Isn't it horrible how people want to have a little fun with their lives. What a waste. They should be toiling in the coal mines 7 days a week for 15-hour shifts.

"Does air guitar pay for....?"

You do know how stupid a question that is, right?
June 10, 2013, 7:32 am
Chooch Buster from Park Slope says:
What, you don't have bike lanes in Bensonhurst? What are you stoooopit? We'll have to do something about that.
June 10, 2013, 1:47 pm
steve from eastern pkwy says:
Seems like it's kind of done as a joke, but still stupid.
June 11, 2013, 8:29 am
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
These rooftop kale ranchers have an entire life of Peter Pan and make believe; they might as well specialize in pretending to play an intrument.

So quirky, whimsical, and creative! So Brooklyn!Like Yah!!!!
June 11, 2013, 10:28 am
Tim from LI says:
I can't speak for everyone involved but Josh is an amazing percussionist, great guy and a doctoral music student at an awesome school...great assumptions you've drawn! Btw he doesn't live in Brooklyn so lighten up! I hear a little air guitar might help with that...
June 18, 2013, 10:26 pm

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