We are excited to announce that we have added a few new drummers to the counselor line up for February's President's Day Weekend Camp! In addition toMatt Sorum of Guns 'n Roses and Alan White of Yes, we'd like to welcome back Slim Jim Phantom of Stray Cats and several surprise drummers! We also have a few keyboard spots available for those who want the opportunity to jam with Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals.
ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY CAMP MERCHANDISE
Many of you have been asking about Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp merchandise. We have finally opened up our newonline store where you can purchase T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Kids Apparel, Barware and gifts under $30!
Want to give the the ultimate fantasy? Consider purchasing a Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp Gift Certificate. Gift Certificates can be made in any amount, so call 888.762.2263 x 1, and Beth will help you give the gift of a lifetime!
Anyone who purchases a President's Day Weekend or a May camp package by December 22nd will receive a free Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp robe and slippers just in time for the holidays!
A big thanks to everyone who purchased a camp package last week--we have officially given out all of our tickets for Zakk Wylde's roast! But watch Zakk do what he does best--ever wonder what it would sound like if he had joined Guns 'n Roses? Check out this awesomevideo from last week when Zakk joined them onstage in Indianapolis!
I was a fortunate attendee to the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. I cannot express how much fun I had. I am still on an emotional high. Everything about the trip was amazing. The staff was great and made you feel like a family member. The Counselors are an amazing group of Musicians that interact with people so well. The technicians (guitar, sound and drums) are the best in the business! The business owner is a people person that brings together Rock Stars and us "normal people" and makes it a non-stop, down to earth, adrenaline rush with great service! I want to go back! Again and again. For anyone out there, you must save the money and attend! It will be a great time in your life.
How would you like to go to a Rock & Roll Roast of Zakk Wylde? On Thursday, January 19th, 2012, at the Grove in Anaheim, California, be our guest as Zakk Wylde sits in the hot seat in a night of comedy and charity at the opening of the NAMM Convention. The roast will be hosted by Sharon Osbourne, and celebrity dais will consist of Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Jericho, and Scott Ian andmany more. This amazing night of comedy is brought to you by Guitar World to benefit MusiCares Charity, and will be a raucus night to be remembered!
Anyone who purchases a President's Day Weekend or a May camp package by December 14th will attend this amazing event as Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp's guest!
To register for camp, call Beth at 888.762.2263 x 1 or go torockcamp.com!
During our last camp, we had a reporter join us for the day. Read his article below, and see an insider's perspective from last week's amazing Playboy Camp.
(Reuters) - The decibel level in the small, bunker-like rehearsal room is ear-shattering and every loose item in the space is shaking as if an earthquake struck.
But it's no temblor -- just business as usual at the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp where ex-Runaways guitarist Lita Ford is leading a group of 30-something, would-be rock stars through a bone-jarring version of "Roadrunner."
"We're doing The Who's version," says 53-year-old rocker Ford, an enthusiastic coach who guides her equally enthusiastic charges -- three guitarists, a singer and two drummers -- through the arrangement.
As befits a Who homage, it's loud. But there's no guitar smashing, scowling or bad attitude. Everyone looks happy.
Other rooms in the Camp's North Hollywood complex feature similar scenes, with other rock teachers -- Kiss singer Paul Stanley, Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice and producer-songwriter Mark Hudson -- schooling students on the finer points of hard rock, playing and performing.
But big changes are on the horizon for the "camp," now in its 14th year, where people of all ages who dream of rock stardom can bring their axes and learn to shred like Pete Townshend or Guns N' Roses' Slash.
David Fishof, who founded the camp after years as a manager and tour producer for Ringo Starr and The Monkees, estimates that some 7,000 have attended one of the sessions held six times a year at various locations including New York, Philadelphia and London.
"It gets bigger every year," he said, and to cope with the demand, Fishof is planning to open a permanent location in Las Vegas. "We're in negotiations with a major hotel, and it's going to happen within the next year," he said.
Fishof also is setting up camp in corporate markets, planning events and performing exercises with executives that focus on successful collaboration and task completion.
"We get a rock star like Lita to work with them, rewriting a song they're famous for and tailoring the lyrics specifically to a company sales model or convention," he said.
While the operation has focused exclusively on classic, metal and hard rock so far, Fishof promises other genres are about to get the same boot camp treatment.
He wants to branch into alternative rock music, country and even jazz once they get a permanent location, and they plan to bring in celebrity musicians from each genre.
Fishof says that the camp attracts a cross-section of people, not just aging adults who long ago gave up on a career in music but still harbor dreams of rocking out.
"We get mothers, 15-year-old kids, top executives and music fans from all over the country," he said. "The common denominator is their love for music, and many of them keep coming back, they love the experience so much."
And that's not only true for fans, but for the rock stars, too. Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler worked at the camp last year and is returning again in May to teach. "He had a great time and was eager to come back," said Fishof.
"It's been a surprisingly rewarding experience," said Ford who freely admits that, "back in the '70s and '80s, I'd never have imagined doing this. But I really enjoy teaching people how to overcome their fears."
She cites one young drummer "who froze every time he had to do a fill." Ford and a drummer worked with the nervous musician for days with success. The drummer and his group won the trophy for best percussion section at a local showcase.
"He came up to me afterward, and was so excited and went, 'I got it! I understand it now!'" recalled Ford. "It was such a huge pay-off for me, so it's not just about the music and guys living out this rock 'n' roll fantasy. It's about people who come in here, their hands shaking, who can't even look you in the face. We help them face those fears and conquer them -- and have a great time doing it."
Call Beth at 888.762.2263 x 1 to find out about our next camp! Spots are selling quickly!
First of all, thank you so much for selling out this week's camp; it's going to be amazing! If you want to get in on the action, the Playboy party still has tickets available for you to attend this Saturday, November 12th. The party starts at 7--make sure you get there early so you don't miss any of the action!
Many top celebrities have confirmed that they will be attending our blowout party of the year. Here is your chance to mingle with Hef and his centerfolds as well as Kiefer Sutherland, Luke Wilson, Carmen Elektra, David Spade, Chris Kattan, Jamie Kennedy, Tony Danza, the cast of Entourage, Maroon 5, and many more we can't announce.
The grotto will be in full swing with beach balls flying, lots of dancing and drinking, and one huge party to celebrate our 14th Anniversary and to raise money for Sweet Relief's Musician's Fund.
This is your chance to see an amazing night of rock 'n' roll. Don't miss this party, call Beth at 888.762.2263 x 1 to reserve your tickets or click on the picture below to go to our website!
Join us this Saturday night at the brand new Cutting Room in New York City (44 E 32nd Street, between Park and Madison) for the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp's Final Night Battle of the Bands and All Star Jam featuring Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Simon Kirke (Bad Company), Lita Ford (The Runaways), Teddy Andreadis (Guns 'n Roses), Mark Hudson (Aerosmith Producer), Kasim Sulton (Meatloaf), Bruce Kulick (KISS) and Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne). Tickets are only $20 dollars at the door, and the show begins at 8 PM sharp! All former campers or folks that have attended our final shows know this evening of rock 'n' roll is an amazing event and should not be missed! Please join us and pass this email on to your family a friends who would like to come as well.
Last night, Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp hosted a corporate camp for People Magazine that featured top NYC advertising agencies competing in a Battle of the Bands with the assistance of our rock star counselors and Vince Neil. Lita Ford's band, Bad Sweater (PHD Advertising Agency) was the winning band of the night! Every band was spectacular; congratulations to Digitas, Group M, J3, and Media Vest. And thank you to our friends at People Magazine.
Please remember to get your tickets for the final night performance and charity event November 12th at the Playboy Mansion. Expect plenty of celebrities to show up, including members of your favorite bands, stars from30 Rock, David Spade, and members of Maroon 5 (just to drop a few names). See Hef and his bunnies along with our rock star bands and All Star Jam. The night will be one to remember and benefits Sweet Relief Musician's Fund, which helps musicians in need who can't pay their medical bills.
Also make sure you watch the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp TV series when it reairs next week beginning on Monday, October 31. If you missed Season 1. check it out online here.
If you've been attending the Roger Daltrey Tommy Tour in the upper Northwest, you might have noticed a new musician on stage. And if you've come to our camp, you may have recognized him as Bernt Bodell, one of our great campers! Dreams really do come true at Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp.
Want to save some cash? Save $200 on an upcoming Camp and enter to win a free spot at our President's Day Weekend Camp at your local Macy's store beginning November 3rd. Thanks to everyone who submitted videos to the Citi sweepstakes--the winner will be announced soon!