There may be no definitive history of air guitar playing, but The Beat's own history dates back more than 20 years, for sure. Our most memorable moment came at high school band camp, perched upon an unmade bed with broom in hands, screeching "Tweet, tweet, tweet" in air guitar replication of the bird sound in Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird." Now, we believe it was in this episode of VH1's "Heavy - The Story of Metal," that we learned of the very serious history of air guitar, and that we should never have been making noise of any kind.

The point? The 5th Annual US Air Guitar Championships will include a regional contest at The Basement on Thursday, June 14. We're planning more on this in a future print edition of The Beat, but by then it might be too late to enter.