Air Guitar World Record

Monday night (Aug. 16) I participated in an attempt to break a world record.

While attending the Salt Lake City Scorpions farewell tour stop for review purposes, I, along with a throng of concert goers, played air guitar. It part of an attempt to set a new Guinness Book of World Record, for the most people in one place playing air guitar.

KBER 101 FM hosted the United Concerts-produced event, which took place right after opening band Jackyl chainsawed through its last song, “Lumberjack.”

Representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records were at West Valley’s USANA Amphitheatre to witness the attempt. And audience members had to sign a list that proved they were part of the record-breaking process.

Led by Park City TV’s Ori Hoffer, who was the 2008 runner-up in the United States Air Guitar Regional Championships, the crowd (estimated at 8,000 at the time) let their fingers fly up and down their imaginary fretboards to recordings of the Scorpions’ “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” Tesla’s “Modern Day Cowboy” and Jackyl’s “Down on Me.”

Going into the night, the current air-guitar crowd record was 1,883 people, which set Dec. 2, 2009, at Australia’s Amaroo School. But by the looks of it, the rock-hungry USANA audience shattered the record by thousands.

We’ll see if the Guinness reps agree.

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