A 27-year-old Finnish woman has won the fourth annual air-guitar world championship in the northern Finnish town of Oulu, beating mostly male competitors from around the world. Dressed in an English school uniform in homage to AC/DC guitarist Angus Young, Johanna Ala-Siurua's breathtaking mimed guitar licks and stage presence, to the track "Let There Be Rock," proved an unbeatable combination.
"She has that certain something that separates mere winners from champions," the jury said in awarding her the title last week. Most of the 10 contestants agreed that the discipline is at its finest when mimicking intricate guitar solos with hands alone. "Using tennis racquets or other paraphernalia is an affront to God and nature," said Paul Shapiro, a 30-year-old London-based music journalist, who failed to make the top three . . . MTV News reports that Paul McCartney will present Pamela Anderson Lee with the first Linda McCartney Memorial Award, named after McCartney's late animal-activist wife, who died in April 1998. The presentation will take place at PETA's Millennium Gala on Sept. 18 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood . . . Rock star David Bowie said Monday his Virgin Records America label will let fans download his new album from the Internet two weeks before it reaches stores.