Thursday, August 07, 2008
By Adelle Nazarian
Even everyday people can live out their rock star dreams. Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp is a one-day crash course in rock ‘n’ roll jamming that provides amateur musicians with an opportunity to feel what it’s like to be in Guns N’ Roses or AC/DC.
Founded in November 1997 by tour promoter David Fishof, the goal of this camp is to provide people with a platform to achieve their rock ‘n’ roll fantasies.
And at Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, where actual rock stars mentor each camper through some of their most famous hits, your rock ‘n’ roll dreams can come true.
“I’ve always had these dreams of sitting out there on the stage and I talk to people for a living without the guitar, and my wife said you should be out there with a guitar,” bond strategist and camper Alan Todd told FOX News.
Camper Craig Harold, a court clerk, said he walked in the door and didn’t know what he was doing.
“I have no musical experience,” he said.
Experience is not necessary and it doesn’t matter what your day job is, although it’s probably a good idea to have one. All amateurs are welcome, and all that’s required is a love of rock ‘n’ roll … and $2,000 for a one-day session.
“In the first band I had in Boston, one guy played nothing, so we put him on cowbell,” said Kip Winger, a musician and Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp counselor.
Campers even get to perform live on stage to a sold-out audience at a major rock venue.
“You get up there [and] it’s win lose or draw. There’s been some major train wrecks and there’s been some incredible bands,” Winger said.
This year, participants started rocking in Oklahoma on July 9 with actual stars such as Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Gilby Clarke of Guns N’ Roses, Chris Slade of AC/DC and hit writer for Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne Mark Hudson at the Rocklahoma Festival.
“Anybody can be a rock star, it’s just a matter of opening the door and saying, ’Hi, here I am,’” Hughes said in an exclusive interview with FOX News.
So for anyone who has ever wanted to be able to say “I’m with the band,” Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp is providing that opportunity. Rock on!