Sunday, December 20, 2009
Los Angeles Camp February 2010 - Jam, Rehearse, Record, and Perform at the Whiskey A Go go with RockStars!
Camp will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown LA
2 Camps to Choose From:
5.5 days - February 23-28 2010
3.5 days - February 25-28 2010
ROCK STARS INCLUDE:
Vince Neil (Motley Crue)
Michael Anthony (Van Halen)
Ace Frehley (KISS)
Lita Ford (The Runaways)
Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad)
Spike Edney (Queen)
Kip Winger (Winger)
Bruce Kulick (KISS)
Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy/Quiet Riot)
Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters)
Over 20 Rock Stars!
You DONT want to miss our LONDON CAMP at ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS - MAY 2010
Record at Abbey Road Studios and Perform at the Cavern Club in Liverpool!
May 25-30 2010 - Memorial Day Weekend
Rock Stars Include:
Jack Bruce of Cream
Nick Mason of Pink Floyd
and many more TBA
Monday, November 2, 2009
Our November Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camps are quickly approaching! We still have a few spots open in various instruments, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to jam with Meat Loaf, Ace Frehley (KISS), Jon Anderson (Yes), Kenny Aronoff, Robby Krieger (The Doors) and over 15 other Rockstars! You’ll also play the Sunset Strip at the world famous Whisky A Go Go and record at Capitol Records with legendary producer Eddie Kramer.
If you call Courtney in the office, she will help you to arrange a payment plan that works with your budget. We know it’s a crazy economy, so you can play now and pay later if you sign up by Wednesday November 4th! Invest in an experience that will make you forget about the real world for a while!
The other morning Kenny Aronoff, Bruce Kulick and I awoke at 6 am to appear on the FOX Business Channel to talk about the upcoming camps. We were sitting in the studio, make-up applied (after all nobody looks good before 7am without a little help) and ready to go on the air. Just before we were about to go on, we got news that the interview had been canceled because of some major announcement from Washington. So here is the picture of two great Rockstars and me on set for the interview that never happened....
I also want to mention two books for your reading pleasure. The first is Paul Shaffer’s book, We’ll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives, a book that chronicles his life up until now as the band leader on David Letterman’s show. We were honored to have Paul make an appearance in August 2007 with Ronnie Spector. The book is a great, quick read. I also recently read Clarence Clemons’ book entitled Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales. In it Clarence mentions the time he was on tour with my first Ringo All Starr band in Japan when he got the phone call from Bruce that he was disbanding the E Street Band. I can only imagine how he must have felt to get that news, but he’s done well for himself – touring steadily and now a bestselling book! I'll always be grateful to Clarence for coming to my first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp in 1997 in Florida and teaching me how to play poker when we were out on the road. These are two great books by two great musicians.
On a sad note, a great rock and roll manager, Dee Anthony, passed away this week. Dee managed Peter Frampton, DEVO, Emerson Lake & Palmer and the late Peter Allen. Dee was Frampton’s manager when the singer-guitarist released the wildly successful “Frampton Comes Alive” album in 1976. He also represented British acts including Traffic, Jethro Tull and Joe Cocker when they first came to the United States in the mid-1960s.
Dee’s 3 core Management principles / rules:
1# Get the money
2# Don't forget to get the money
3# Always remember: Don't forget the money (there is also an alternative to #3: Always remember rule 1 and 2)
The music world will miss Dee!
- David Fishof
Indiana is the Birthplace of the KISS Army
If you're a KISS fan, you know all about the KISS Army. But, how did the it come to be? The KISS Army actually started in Indiana when a radio station refused to play any KISS music. People began to march outside of the radio station and referred to themselves as the KISS Army.
Gene Simmons Is One of the Top Fire Breathers
The Demon in the rock band KISS can actually breathe fire 15 feet. The world record is 20 feet, making him one of the top fire breathers in the world. He actually learned this technique from the magician Amaze-O.
Ace Frehley's audition
Ace Frehley showed up to his audition for KISS wearing one orange shoe and one red shoe
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Cool things are happening at Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp that you don't want to miss out on! RRFC and American Express Vacations have teamed up to make it possible for our rockers to come to camp using their Gold Card Membership Awards points!
We are also premiering our RRFC Master's Program at the November camp. This program is designed for the seasoned musician and returning campers who want to take a more rigurous rock-camp route.
Check out all of the details below on both of these offerings and don't hesitate to contact Courtney at the RRFC office (888.762.2263) with any questions or help signing up!
- David Fishof
So you wanna be a rock and roll star and you're already a seasoned musician? The Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp Master's Program can help propel your Rockstar journey even further. If you're a prior RRFC camper ready for the big time, or a semi-professional musician looking to take your music game to the next level, this bonus camp experience is for you.
Here's how it works. On the first day of the Hollywood camp, we'll hold Master's Program auditions for new campers who want to take the more rigorous rock-camp route. Based on your performance you'll be placed in a band of musicians with comparable, compatible talent and a Rockstar camp counselor who will serve you best. (If you can't make it to the audition, send us a video showing you doing your rock thing.). Returning campers, take note: there's no need to audition -- we'll place you according to your past performance (but you are welcome to send us a new tape if you feel you’ve grown significantly since camp)!
Taking the reins on this intense (and intensely rewarding) program is real-life Rockstar Kip Winger. Kip is a Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camper favorite. Kip says prospective RRFC Master's Program musicians "should be able to play anything thrown at them by the counselors." He adds that "it's not so important to know a million songs; just be able to learn on the spot and keep up."
If you'd like to audition for the Master's Program, just let us know when you sign up for the November camp. Also let us know if you're going to be coming to auditions or if you'll be sending us a clip of your performance. We'll take it from there.
And remember this: Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp is exactly what the name says it is. It's your rock and roll fantasy; we're just here to help you live it. All levels are welcome: newbies who've never been on stage, or pros who want to get even better. The camp is tailor-made to each camper's needs. Call us and we'll prove it.
Still not sure? Don't listen to me, listen to Mr. Winger.
"If you've never done camp, you should. I've met so many great people who have become friends. Even many of my heroes," Kip told us. "It has literally changed my life for the better!"
So there you have it. No excuses.
November camp Rockstars include:
Ace Frehley (KISS)
Jon Anderson (Yes)
Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters, The Wallflowers)
Bruce Kulick (KISS)
Mark Hudson (producer/engineer, Aerosmith)
Danny Seraphine (Chicago)
Teddy Andreadis (Guns 'n' Roses)
Elliot Easton (The Cars)
Sandy Gennaro (Joan Jett / Cyndi Lauper)
Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy / Quiet Riot)
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The Doors' original guitarist, Robby Krieger, will be appearing at Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp this November!
Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp is very pleased to announce that The Doors' original guitarist, Robby Krieger, will be appearing at Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp this November! Attendees participating in our Headliner Package will jam with Robby by day and perform alongside him by night at the Whisky A Go Go (a club made famous by The Doors) on November 22nd.
Robby who has been hailed as one of the greatest rock guitarist of all time, will rehearse with our camper bands and then join them live on stage at the Whisky A Go Go. Robby rounds out our Superstar lineup that includes Meat Loaf, Ace Frehley (KISS), Kenny Aronoff and Jon Anderson (Yes). This is one fantasy you won't want to miss!
Also, in the next few days we will be announcing a "RRFC Master's Program" for campers who are seasoned and pro-musicians. This program will allow advanced musicans to jam at RRFC in a band with other experienced musicians. The majority of the bands will still be dedicated to our weekend warrior musicians...no matter what band you're in you will recieve the same first class experience we have been bringing campers for the last 12 years!
Stay tuned to our newsletter for more details. Until then....Rock On!
- David Fishof
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Unfortunately at this time we can't offer you sure-fire ways to beat the rising cost of prescription medications, easy weight loss solutions or where to find your soul mate. We can however send you the latest and greatest stories from people like yourselves who have attended Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp and had a life changing experience through the power of music. Whether you’re a beginner musician or have been playing your entire life, a trip to RRFC will fulfill your musical dreams!
Sign up for the November camp by October 1st, and receive a $500 RRFC credit good towards any 2010 camp!
Rocking out with the greatest Rockstars of all time can be intimidating, but I GUARANTEE that within five minutes at camp all of those fears will disappear. Our Rockstars are there to guide you and lend their support! Last week I received some amazing camper testimonials, one of which I’ve included below.
So call Courtney or myself at 888.762.2263 for more information or help signing up! You can also register online at www.rockcamp.com. Now that the stock market is going up you can make an investment in YOU by enrolling in our 3 1/2 or 5 1/2 day camp!
- David Fishof
"...since Blake attended RRFC last year, a whole new world has opened up for him. As crazy as it sounds, my husband and I had just had a discussion with Blake on what the next step was in his career. The next morning I went to the grocery store and picked up a People magazine, and as I flipped through the pages I came across your advertisement. That evening I couldn’t wait to share the news with my husband.
After attending RRFC and working with Mark Hudson, (who is the most amazing, insightful and talented man I know) Blake's life changed completely. When he got back from London, we built a studio and he started practicing 4 hours a day. This past summer he went on a mini tour and played with Tate Stevens a local country artist in various states, recorded drum tracks on two different band demo’s, and has been asked to record drum tracks on a full CD for a local artist. He has started his own band, The Third Rail, which is now performing 2-3 times a month at local venues and is headed into the studio to record their first CD. He was asked to come back as a guest to his high school drum line camp and teach the current stud ents for this year. He has already been asked to consider working with another artist from California next spring when he gets back from his Tokyo tour. And just received a call from an artist in Nashville to audition for a new rock project that is up and coming. Needless to say, what he needed was that boost, a “Kick in the Ass” from Mark Hudson, and for people to believe in him besides mom and dad. So I say all this to say thank you for the time and effort you put into these camps. It is money well spent, because it changed my son’s life."
- Joni D.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The results are coming in daily. One camper gave her screenplay to Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp guest rockstar Steven Tyler, and now it's in the top 10 percent at the Austin Film Festival. Another was asked to join a cover band and is now playing live several times a month. And those are just of the many happy campers who have parlayed their time at our confidence-boosting camp into something bigger. You can be one of our many success stories -- and you can do it at a discounted price if you sign up in the next 7 days. And now you can choose the camp that suits you best: we’ve created the 3-and-a-half-day and 5-and-a-half-day Hollywood camps for those unable to get away for full 10 days.
And if the fear factor is keeping you from signing up, hear this: it doesn’t make a difference if you've never played an instrument or if you are a full-time rocker. There's a place for you at my camp. I personally guarantee you will have a life-changing experience and will start on a patch to reach your goals. And it can't hurt that our campers often their names out there via stories such as this MSN Music article about our Los Angeles camp.
Oh, and of course, you'll get to hang out with some pretty amazing rock stars while you're building your esteem and confidence. So far we've announced Meat Loaf, Ace Frehley and Jon Anderson of Yes will be joining us for the November camp in Hollywood. Expect more announcements to come soon.
And if you can't make it to Los Angeles in November, consider some other camps we have coming up: next May, we'll be taking our campers across the Atlantic for a London camp. You're probably hearing a lot about the Beatles' Rock Band, which just came out this week. If you pick it up, you'll see the animated Beatles playing at Abbey Road Studios. If you pick up a pass to London Rock Camp, you'll get to play there yourself!
In the meantime, I leave you with this: at Rock Camp, everyone is an equal star. That's why I take great care in placing campers in the band that best plays to their talents. So whether you already came to camp and had the opportunity to jam with Roger Daltrey, Slash or Steven Tyler, or if you've been on the sidelines looking in and thinking about making the plunge please call the office and feel free to discuss and ask any questions you might have. I'm always available to chat.
Oh and by the way, the pic is of me and Ace Frehley of Kiss who will be at our November 2009 camp in Hollywood, CA!
- David Fishof
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Dear Rock 'n Roller,
If you’re half as excited as I am about the prospect of rocking out with the likes of Meat Loaf, Ace Frehley of Kiss, Jon Anderson of YES and over 20 more Rockstars, then you’re probably having a pretty hard time sitting still right now. And if you’re a little nervous too, don’t worry. It’s natural -- I mean, heck, performing in and of itself can be intimidating, and when you add a superstar rock musician to the mix, well, let’s just say, I sympathize. But it is because of those nerves that you need a trip to Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp.
I have yet to encounter a camper who left without feeling a whole new sense of self-confidence and a newfound empowerment to conquer the challenges in his or her day-to-day life. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never before picked up an instrument or if you’ve been playing for 30 years, there’s something to be gained from this camp. Got some words you’d like to put to music? We can help you do it -- and we’ve got plenty of professionals on hand who can make it happen. Been meaning to revisit those guitar lessons you took as a teenager? No worries: it only takes a few chords to make a great rock song.
The point is this: Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp isn’t just about rubbing elbows with famous people or showing off your guitar licks -- though of course those things do happen -- it’s about making you a better, stronger, more successful person on and off the stage. I have plenty of camper stories to prove it. Diane Birch, who attended the 2006 Hollywood camp, just released a solo album that is doing very well. One camper’s wife told me her husband’s road rage was cured by his camp experience, another camper gained the courage to take on a job managing a country band and more than one executive has told me that playing with a band helped him be a more effective manager. And one of our youngest campers, 16-year-old Yayo, is living his dream: he’s become a bona fide touring musician. His recent gig at the Whisky A Go Go brought out Robby Krieger of The Doors. He was very impressed!
If you’re still nervous or tentative about whether you should sign up for camp -- or sign up one of your loved ones -- feel free to call us at 888 Roc Band - 888 762 2263. Check out our website for all the details at http://www.rockcamp.com. The camp experience is open to people with all levels of music experience: none, some and a lot. We’ll make sure you feel at home, no matter what…and if you sign up by Friday we’ll give you a free Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp T-shirt at camp!
Looking forward to seeing you November '09 in Hollywood,
David Fishof - Producer