The record-breaking feat took place during the UK Download Festival in North West Leicestershire's Donington Park over the weekend. Kerrang FM's Christian Stevenson, 440 gamers gathered around the EA demo trailer, taking up imaginary axes in order to rock out to Motörhead's "Ace of Spades".
‘That was one of the raddest jams I've ever been involved with. The crowd played their air guitars better than Eddie Van Halen! Then they destroyed 'em good and proper. Who cares, right? They can go to the air guitar shop and get another one. Sick to the infinity of sickness! I want a crowd like that at every gig I'm at. Awesometacular – air guitar world records rule!'
And that's just the sort of ridiculous, over-the-top enthusiasm that makes me proud to have not gotten a job straight out of broadcasting school.
A Guinness Book of World Records official was on hand to verify the record, which destroyed 2008's record of 318. Gaze upon the faces of the triumphant English youth and be awed. AWED.