September 21, 2007 Alfred Branch Jr.
By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen
Who doesn’t have a fantasy of being a rock and roll star? Since 1997, regular joes, air guitar gods, music experts and aficionados have been flocking to Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp for that ultimate experience where, for a hefty price, campers have the opportunity to live out the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll dream, if only for five days.
Celebrating its Superstarr 10th Anniversary, Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, Nov. 7-11, 2007 at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, will feature rock star counselors leading camp sessions, including Slash (Guns ‘n Roses/Velvet Revolver), Roger Daltrey (The Who), Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Jack Bruce (Cream) Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Alan White (YES), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan), Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Spike Edney (Queen), Simon Kirke (Bad Company), Kip Winger (Winger), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) and producer Mark Hudson.
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp reminds me of what it used to be like when we started, when we were rough and ready and didn’t let anyone stand in the way of our dream,” said Daltrey in a statement. “I feel quite passionate about it because it motivates people through music. The campers all rise to the occasion-it’s fantastic.”
This fantasy doesn’t come cheap: $9,499 plus an option for a spouse pass at $599. The London edition May 22-27, 2008 is even more expensive: $12,999 with the spouse option at $1,999. The Hollywood edition (Feb. 14-18, 2008) though is a tad cheaper at $8,999 and $599.
The 10th Anniversary camp will culminate in a live “Campalooza” concert at the House of Blues. Campers are each assigned to a band led by a rock star counselor. Each band will write and record an original song as well as participate in daily jam sessions with the stars. Fans, friends and families will be able to download the original songs via iTunes.
“I’m proud to offer people the thrill of a lifetime, and the most exclusive, one-of-a-kind rock ‘n’ roll experience,” said David Fishof, Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp founder, whose pedigree includes producer for numerous Ringo Starr tours for 15 years — hence the spelling of Superstarr in the camp’s moniker. “Only a Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy camper can record in Studio 2 at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, tinker on John Lennon’s piano, perform live at the House of Blues and actually go on tour opening up for Def Leppard,” he added. “We’ve been rocking out for the past 10 years, and are ready for the next!”
The camp debuted in Miami Beach in 1997 featuring Nils Lofgren and Clarence Clemens of the E Street Band and has raised more than $250,000 and provided multiple scholarships for various charities. A recent deal had been made with Elisabeth Murdoch’s UK media company, Shine, to produce a television series based on the camp and its life-changing qualities.