Air Guitar Championships a rockin’ good time

For the third year in a row, Hard Rock Café and 96.5 CAYROCK challenged Cayman residents to put their air guitar skills to the test.

Victorious in his endeavour, Shane Cameron was announced 2009’s Cayman Islands Air Guitar Champion, winning the grand prize of a trip for two to the world-famous Hard rock Calling, a three-day music festival in London’s Hyde Park.

Following the festivities of Batabano in George Town, the event officially started at 6pm on the Hard Rock Café with live music and drink specials.

First to grace the Corona Outdoor Stage was Charlie Goes Electric. The band’s solid performance raised the level of enthusiasm among the crowd. Suckerbox followed, to much cheering.

‘The turnout was fantastic – the street was packed with partygoers and the energy level unparalleled,’ said Phil Vinciullo, dms Broadcasting’s network promotions and marketing manager.

Kicking off with contestant David O’Driscoll’s version of I Believe in a Thing Called Love by The Darkness, there were a total of five performances featuring renditions of Nirvana, Aerosmith and Jimi Hendrix.

Saving the best for last, Mr. Cameron was the final competitor to take the stage, treating attendees to a riveting performance of Paradise City by Guns’n’Roses. Donning a long coat, afro wig and a huge top hat with flames coming out of it, Mr. Cameron commanded attention as he competed in stilts.

‘I am beyond excited to win – it was an awesome night,’ said Mr. Cameron. ‘I cannot wait to see The Killers and Dave Matthews Band live in London.’

The competitors were judged based on audience cheers read by a decibel metre adjudicated by the emcee of the night, Ben Maxwell from 96.5 CAYROCK and Hard Rock Café’s Manager Colin Doyle.

‘The performances were wildly entertaining and the competitors certainly delivered their A-game,’ said Mr. Maxwell. ‘Considering the awesome grand prize up for grabs, it’s no wonder we were privy to some fierce competition. But Shane’s electric performance was undeniably deserving – how he managed to perform in stilts and clad in such dramatic attire, I cannot imagine.’

‘Year after year, this event is getting bigger and bigger,’ said Mr. Doyle. ‘There is nothing better than to see the street filled with residents and tourists celebrating our annual fiesta of air guitar, live music and even boxing this year. Fifty-one weeks to go until next time.’

‘It’s a phenomenal partnership we have with Hard Rock Café in featuring this event and we look forward to next year being even bigger and better,’ said Mr. Vinciullo.