Mean Melin moving on to US Air Guitar nationals in DC!

by Eric Melin on June 11, 2009

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photo by Nicole ReinertsonSo I may have broken something in my foot and I definitely split my pants doing a sweet knee slide during “Ace of Spades,” but it’s all worth it because Tuesday night I won the title of Kansas City regional champ in the US Air Guitar Championships. I’ll be rocking out with 25 other regional winners in Washington, D.C. at the 9:30 Club on Aug. 7, 2009. We will all be vying for the top spot and a trip to Finland to compete in the 2009 World Air Guitar Championships.

I’m going to make this short since it’s already been covered elsewhere, but I have to give a huge thank you to all of my friends for coming out and supporting me. (A special thanks to air roadies Peter “Stiff” Dickens and Longbottom Leif.) I knew the night would be fun, but had no idea how infectious that energy would be. Also, a huge shout-out to all the other contestants (many of them from KC’s fertile local band scene and two other second-round finalists from my own band!)

Also, mad props to everybody in the US Air Guitar organization. It was truly exciting to meet and play air guitar with Bjorn Turoque (one of the stars of “Air Guitar Nation,” the movie that got me into this), Hot Lixx Hulahan (current World Air Guitar Champion), and Nashville regional champ Stryker, even if I was drunk out of my mind and it was to “Freebird.” Why not, right?

photo by Andrew TombI’ve heard that DC will be crazy (check out the regionals last week!), and as soon as my foot heals, I’ll be back on my feet working on a new and improved song. I am so looking forward to sharing the stage with a bunch of other rock n’ roll maniacs who’ve probably been doing this since they were 14 just like me. To get up and do it onstage and have people scream for you is just insane. For me, it encompasses everything I feel about being a fan of rock n’ roll into one spasmodic 60-second moment of bliss.

Oh, and, P.S. If you anyone who can help me with a better stage look, let me know. I wore a sleeveless Nigel Tufnel green skeleton shirt to the KC event and another guy was already wearing the same shirt. Ugh. (And it even went with my sweet yellow pants–remember the scene where Nigel comes back to ask the Tap if they’d like to tour Japan because “Sex Farm” is a hit over there now?) Anyway, the pants are history and I need some fashion help anyway.

Here are links to coverage of the night:

US Air Guitar Blog

Pitch article: “Mean Melin wins the U.S. Air Guitar Championships’ Kansas City Regional”

Pitch slideshow: The U.S. Air Guitar Championships’ 2009 Kansas City Regional

Town Without Pity: No guitar, No problem, if you have the nerve to let it rip on air ax

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Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Matt Brown June 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Nice! I wish I could have been there. Good luck in DC. Melt faces.

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2 Matt Brown June 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Nice! I wish I could have been there. Good luck in DC. Melt faces.

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3 Ryan June 12, 2009 at 2:12 am

Congrats man good job and good luck.

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4 Ryan June 12, 2009 at 2:12 am

Congrats man good job and good luck.

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5 Megan June 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Good luck and make us proud! I just looked at the pictures from the regionals and almost peed myself because you had some classic poses! Perhaps for your fashion look you should channel Nelson…as they say blondes always have more fun!

Actually, please God don’t! That would be nauseating, but maybe David Bowie from the “Labyrinth” could be a good look- specifically the ‘Goblin Dance’ scene. Girls go crazy for guys with pants that cause slight lack in circulation.

Again, good luck and I wish it was closer so I could come watch. But I’m broke and can’t make the 3 hour trek- else I would totally make you a sign that says, “Let’s get this model on his way”.

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6 Megan June 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Good luck and make us proud! I just looked at the pictures from the regionals and almost peed myself because you had some classic poses! Perhaps for your fashion look you should channel Nelson…as they say blondes always have more fun!

Actually, please God don’t! That would be nauseating, but maybe David Bowie from the “Labyrinth” could be a good look- specifically the ‘Goblin Dance’ scene. Girls go crazy for guys with pants that cause slight lack in circulation.

Again, good luck and I wish it was closer so I could come watch. But I’m broke and can’t make the 3 hour trek- else I would totally make you a sign that says, “Let’s get this model on his way”.

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7 Angie June 14, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Congratulations, Eric! That’s awesome!!!

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8 Angie June 14, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Congratulations, Eric! That’s awesome!!!

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9 Josh June 15, 2009 at 8:42 am

holy shit congrats! thats awesome. i’m a little disapointed there isn’t any video, and even more disapointed in myself for not going now. what song did you “play”?

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10 Josh June 15, 2009 at 8:42 am

holy shit congrats! thats awesome. i’m a little disapointed there isn’t any video, and even more disapointed in myself for not going now. what song did you “play”?

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11 Eric Melin June 15, 2009 at 10:43 am

I posted some video a friend took at http://www.facebook.com/ericmelin or http://www.facebook.com/ericmelin#/video/video.php?v=1195443446186&ref=mf
Megadeth – “Wake up Dead” was my first song; that’s what the video is…

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12 Eric Melin June 15, 2009 at 10:43 am

I posted some video a friend took at http://www.facebook.com/ericmelin or http://www.facebook.com/ericmelin#/video/video.php?v=1195443446186&ref=mf
Megadeth – “Wake up Dead” was my first song; that’s what the video is…

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13 Mot June 28, 2009 at 7:49 am

Eric-

Mary and I will be there at the 9:30 Club to cheer you on and of course
DRINK LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER.

Do you need a place to stay? We’re about 45 mins from D.C.

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14 Mot June 28, 2009 at 7:49 am

Eric-

Mary and I will be there at the 9:30 Club to cheer you on and of course
DRINK LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER.

Do you need a place to stay? We’re about 45 mins from D.C.

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