Rock n' Roll Fantasy Camp (or if only I had an extra $10,000) ~ BrooklynRocks: NYC Music Blog

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Rock n' Roll Fantasy Camp (or if only I had an extra $10,000)

Last Friday, PR Newswire issued the following release (below). Now if only I had a spare $10,000, I could go.

Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp (RRFC) goes Hollywood (Presidents' Day Weekend, 2/15-19) - giving campers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn rock from the masters. Over five-days - and guided by a Who's Who of rock legends - campers of all musical abilities and backgrounds will form bands, hone their skills, jam with their idols and become "rock stars." The camp culminates in a Battle of the Bands blowout at the House Of Blues on Sunset.

The camp's professors of rock include: PAUL STANLEY (KISS), Brian Wilson (co-founder, THE BEACH BOYS), Mickey Hart (GRATEFUL DEAD), BRET MICHAELS (POISON), Dickey Betts (ALLMAN BROTHERS), Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), legendary guitar player STEVE VAI, Simon Kirke (BAD COMPANY, FREE), Spike Edney (QUEEN), Kelly Keagy (NIGHT RANGER), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Jane Wiedlin (GO-GO'S), Artimus Pyle (LYNYRD SKYNYRD), Sully Erna (GODSMACK), SPENCER DAVIS, Mark Slaughter (SLAUGHTER) and Clem Burke (BLONDIE).

When RRFC comes to Hollywood, there will be events galor to make rock dreams come true:

- Grateful Dead Night (2/17) -- Featuring the Grateful Dead's drummer Mickey Hart leading a jam with each band.

- Beach Boys Night (2/18) -- Beach Boy's co-founder Brian Wilson serves as judge as the bands compete in a play-off featuring Beach Boys songs.

- Original Song Contest (2/18) -- Each band will perform its original song -- which will be judged, mixed, recorded, and put on CD and on iTunes!

- House of Blues Battle of the Bands (2/19) -- Paul Stanley (lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of KISS) will perform a KISS song on stage live with every band at the House of Blues Battle of the Bands. Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers will join each band for some Southern rock.

The RRFC dawn-to-midnight schedule includes master classes, private sessions, dinners with the stars, late night jams with renowned studio musicians and special guests. Offering pointers throughout are some of rock's royalty, who help the bands come together, collaborate and create. Campers get the opportunity to rock with their idols on top-notch instruments and stay at the glamorous Hollywood Renaissance Hotel. Cost for this five-day experience is $9499.

The RRFC frenzy doesn't stop in Hollywood-coming up is RRFC London (5/24-29, Memorial Day Weekend), where campers - joined by English rockers including Jack Bruce (CREAM) and Gary Brooker (PROCAL HARUM) - will have the incredibly rare chance to record at London's Abbey Road Studios and perform at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles got their start.