Lawrence man wins air guitar’s top title

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – A Lawrence man has riffed and thrashed his way past 16 other contestants from Europe and Japan to win the world air guitar championship.

Eric Melin is known as Mean Melin on the air guitar circuit, where contestants pretend to be playing a guitar. He became the newest World Air Guitar Champion in Finland on Friday.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/17jv3cg ) Melin came in second at the U.S. Air Guitar finals in Los Angeles, which meant he hadn’t qualified to compete at the World Air Guitar Championships in Finland. But in the air guitar competition world, there’s a Dark Horse round, which Melin won.

Then he went to Finland and won.

Melin says he had been planning to hang up his virtual guitar, but now he’ll keep strumming.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas musician has become the newest World Air Guitar Champion.

The Lawrence Journal-World (http://is.gd/BA4X2p ) reports that the title was bestowed upon Eric “Mean Melin” Melin on Friday. Because he’d come in second at the U.S. Air Guitar National Finals in Los Angeles, Melin hadn’t actually qualified to compete at the championships in Oulu, Finland.

But, fortunately for Melin, there’s something called a Dark Horse round. This qualifying event on the eve of the championship offers a way into the finals for its top finishers.

Merlin won the Dark Hourse round. He then riffed and thrashed his way past 16 other competitors from Europe to Japan to win the world championship.

Melin is the drummer for a band called the Dead Girls. He’s also the Journal-World’s movie critic.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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