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3 days away from the 2014 LA Qualifier (don't forget to buy tickets: http://tinyurl.com/airguitarlatickets), and we continue our tribute to the history of air guitar in Los Angeles. Today, I'd like to look back at Nordic Thunder's appearance on Lopez Tonight.
After winning the 2011 US Championships, Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard was flown out here to LA to appear on Lopez Tonight, which filmed on the WB lot in Burbank. As I was working on the lot at the time, I had the pleasure of joining him for the taping.
First of all, George Lopez had the entire backstage area modeled to look like someone's house and yard; the green room was the living room with sliding glass doors, the VIP dressing rooms were like a guest house, and it all surrounded an astroturf yard with ping pong table and putting green.
Speaking of the green room, it was kickass, with a nice spread of food and a full bar. You better believe we took FULL advantage of that!
Who else happened to be on the show that night? Shaggy and Tim Gunn. That's right, we got to chill with Mr. Boombastic himself and Nordic got a critique of his costume from the brains behind Project Runway! (In his words "interesting", although he got a kick out of it.)
When it was time for Nordic's segment, all the staff and crew backstage stopped what they were doing to watch. (I didn't see them do that for Shaggy!) It was epic, with pyrotechnics and the works. He couldn't have represented air guitar better. He even sat on the couch for a 5 minute chat with George and Tim Gunn after.
It was a fun time, and Nordic proved why he is one of the world's great ambassadors of air guitar. Today, we salute you Nordic Thunder!
But why not just watch it for yourself? Here is the full video of Nordic Thunder's appearance on Lopez Tonight.