Friday, April 16, 2010

Mean Melin finishes in third place in Chicago air guitar regional

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 11:15 AM

click to enlarge Chicago was just the first stop on Mean Melin's U.S. air guitar tour.
  • Chicago was just the first stop on Mean Melin's U.S. air guitar tour.

Chicago wasn't a bust for Kansas City's reigning

air guitar champion, Eric "Mean" Melin. But it wasn't good enough to punch his ticket to the U.S.

Air Guitar Championships in New York.

Melin dressed like a nerdy school boy sat on a drum riser while air roadie Peter "Stiff" Dickens pranced the the stage in drag, tearing off a denim dress and revealing a blue bikini -- just like in Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher" video.

Melin tore into the song, and while starting shaky, finished strong enough to place third in the opening round. That earned him a spot in the Chicago finals against homegrown air guitar heroes Nordic Thunder, Sanjar the Destroyer (STD!) and Romeo Dance Cheetah, whose flawless first-round performance impregnated at least five women in the crowd (according to a douchey judge from Playboy).

The finals' compulsory song was Bon Jovi's keyboard heavy "Runaway."

Melin killed, playing keyboard and hitting air guitar chord. The judges rewarded him with a score that made him the front runner. But they hadn't seen Nordic Thunder and Sanjar the Destroyer.

click to enlarge Nordic Thunder melted faces in the final round.
  • Nordic Thunder melted faces in the final round.
It wasn't to be for Melin. His kick-ass white pants weren't enough to overcome the homegrowns. And when Nordic Thunder hopped on a friend's shoulders and played in the middle of crowd at the Metro, the competition was his to lose.

Sanjar the Destroyer ran to the club's balcony and played for the three judges. His pandering worked, tying Nordic.

Both had peaked, and the overtime playoff looked to be a draw, but the crowd vote swung for Nordic, earning him the Chicago crown and a ticket to the finals.

As for Melin, he's just getting started. He hits the road Friday for Milwaukee and then it's off to Minneapolis, Boulder and Denver. If Chicago is any indication, he has a damn good shot at winning.

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