Air guitarists get ready to shred the competition 

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She's a very fiery person. She's very passionate about what she does. She's a little unsure about things. She was married at one point. She used to be Sage Steele-String, but she got divorced, so she had to drop the String.

Guitar heroes?

Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys

Do you actually have a guitar?

I'm actually a bass guitarist. I just have a cheap Ibanez, but it gets the job done.

Is this sort of a fulfillment of some dream to be out front?

Absolutely. I've found that when I play bass guitar, I'm usually off in the corner. I don't get to move around much. I don't feel inspired to jump around. With air guitar, there's a complete hammy side of me that just wants to come out front and be the center of attention.

What's your secret weapon?

Being a girl, in general, helps. Air guitar is definitely a male-dominated field, and so, pretty much any girly thing that we can do to play upon femininity.

What's your go-to air-guitar song?

"Barracuda" by Heart

Worst air-guitar injury?

I actually did have to go to the chiropractor after my first competition. My neck was very, very sore. It got popped and cracked in a few places and was much better.

Tell me about your wardrobe.

I'm still in the process of picking out my song, and I have costume ideas for each that would relate to the genre of music.... I haven't nailed it down completely, but I'm thinking some Rolling Stones, possibly the Black Keys, if I can find just the perfect song. It may end up being "Barracuda."

Why will you win?

I'm really trying to amp up my airness this time around because I've always kind of been down for that. My goal is to get everybody else as pumped up about the performance as I am.

Please don't make me play ...

... anything by Dream Theater.

Finish this sentence: Excuse me while I ...

... go tune my air guitar.


Gordon Gekko With an Air Guitar

Name: Brian Reeves

Air-guitar alias: The CorpAIRation

Day job: "I sell hot tubs."

Who is the CorpAIRation? I wasn't sure if it was Gordon Gekko or the Million Dollar Man from 1980s wrestling.

He's an amalgamation of all of those things. The CorpAIRation is a dude who stepped straight out of 1984.

Who is your guitar hero?

Dimebag Darrell. As a kid who went to high school in the mid-'90s, I really got into heavy metal. I loved Pantera, and Dimebag Darrell was the guy who made me want to be a heavy-metal guitar player.

What's on your training table?

Pizza, wings and whiskey

Do you actually have a guitar?

Six guitars

What's your most prized one?

My Les Paul

Tell me about your wardrobe.

Suit and tie and a big cell phone. I don't have to go to a lot of work to get into costume, but everyone looks at me a little weird when I show up at the bar.... The suit and tie is a great way when you're a bigger dude, like I am, to totally get away with not having to look like a svelte rock star.

What's your secret weapon?

The cell phone sells the whole character. It's bizarre how this little piece of plastic seemed to put that character over-the-top for people. I have Peter "Stiff" Dickens to thank for even supplying me with the phone. The night I used that character in Topeka — the night I won in Topeka — was the night I was basically doing the CorpAIRation for the first time. And I met up with Nick Colby — Peter "Stiff" Dickens — beforehand, and we were going over there together, and I told him, "You know what I need is one of those huge, block, 1980s Hot Tub Time Machine cell phones." And he goes, "Dude, I think I have one of those up in the attic." So he goes up there and comes down with two for me to take my pick from.

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