Do we have any air guitar players in the house? No, really, fess up! Like other things, we all do it, we just don't like to admit it. Every jock in the Eagle studio does. I know I see them when I walk by the studio window. Even Kat does, though most women say they don't...
I've compiled what I think is the top 5 all time best classic rock air guitar songs. And here they are and why...
Jimi Hendrix "Foxy Lady"
Pulling off an awesome air guitar performance heavily depends on your source material and this classic not only gives you ample opportunity to do fancy stuff with your hands - like pretending you're a left-handed player, for one - but also to make awesome faces during the bit when the guitar goes all, "widdly-widdly-weeeeaurrggh!"
Led Zeppelin "Black Dog"
Pretty much anything Jimmy Page touched would work just as well, but the massive riffage on "Black Dog" makes it the most obvious choice from the Zep catalog. Plus, you don't have to wear a shirt... in fact it's better if you don't.
AC/DC "Back In Black"
Imagine you're a 60-year-old midget in a school boy uniform and in possession of the most explosive riffs in the history of rock and roll - Also it gives you a chance to drop to the stage... your bedroom/office floor... and do that little break dance while playing guitar move Angus is famous for.
Ted Nugent "Cat Scratch Fever or Stranglehold"
I'm not a fan of Ted's politics, but the guy can shred. This one gives you the chance to pull off Ted's patented move of laying the guitar,,, air guitar across your chest and leaning back as far as possible with falling over backwards. Points deducted if you do, points added for wear a loin cloth!
Van Halen "You Really Got Me, with Eruption intro"
Do not even attempt this if you can't do a flying scissor kicks or move your fingers at the speed of light. It also gives you a chance to do Eddies famous tapping up the air neck. A unique move in air-guitardom.
I'm sure I'm missing some classics, let us know your favorites and why.
In watching the Grammies the other night... I know, a shocking confession... I couldn't help but notice at what a low ebb we are in our music performers fashion sense. Come on hoodies, baggie jeans and an occasional gold lame' dress. Not exactly ground breaking.
I may be prejudice, but gimme some of our classic rockers and 40 years on, they still just look cool. Here's a few classic rocker looks that come to mind...
David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, the Aladdin Sane. From androgynous skins suits, bright, spiky orange hair to finely tailored silk suits, Bowie always looked... well, it was just hard to notice the guy.
The Beatles: From leather clad scruffs, the collarless suits to the psychedelic Sgt Pepper jackets. The Beatles fashion sense and music changed the world. Did you see Coldplay and the Grammies? 40 years later, need I say more.
Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Pages, silk dragon suits? Plants, ripped, hip hugging bell bottoms and bare mid-drift blouses... yes, they were blouses! Plant could pull it off, you and I couldn't ... especially now. But Plant epitomized the looks of sexy rock god for decades to come.
The Stones: Hey Johnny Depp channeled Keith Richards for his Capt Jack sparrow look in Pirates of the Caribbean, but it wasn't just the rock and roll pirate come to pillage your village look that made the made the Stones. It was the rooster cut hair, the leathers... even football pants on Mick's scrawny butt that just made them look like bad, bad boys. Many tried but the Stones just pulled it off.
There are so many more... Roger Daltrey's flying fringe jacket, Townshend's, Clock Work Orange car mechanic gone bad coveralls. ZZ Tops outrageously long beards and Grand Ole Opry on acid suits. David Lee Roth's pink striped spandex... yes, I'm sure he had help in the cod piece area, but don't tell my girl friend at the time that... Eddies, geometric stripes... Let's not forget the Clash, street gang, gone military look, Billy Idols... yadda, yadda, the list goes on and on. Let us know your favorite classic rock fashion looks and why. feedback@Eagle 9 6 9 dot com...