Rock 'n' roll fantasy camp beds down in Las Vegas

Fri Sep 7, 2012 12:42pm EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After traveling the world and giving aspiring musicians a chance to jam with their favorite stars, the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp announced Thursday it was setting up a permanent home in Las Vegas.

Starting in October, aspiring rockers who have dreamed of playing with their musical heroes can sign up for the camp's courses at the MGM Grand hotel and casino. Upcoming camps will feature rock legends as Roger Daltrey, Jack Bruce, Alice Cooper, Dave Navarro, Sammy Hagar, Gene Simmons and Vince Neil.

Camp founder David Fishof, a former manager and tour producer for Ringo Starr and The Monkees, said he had been looking for a permanent location for some time to cope with growing demand.

"It gets bigger every year," said Fishof. He estimated that since its start, over 7,000 rock star wannabes have attended the camps, which have been held six times a year in various locations including New York, Philadelphia and London.

Prices vary but a five-day camp with a star like Simmons is about $9,500 including hotel accommodation and meals, instruments and a performance at the MGM Grand hotel.

Fishof said the camps attract a cross-section of people.

"We get mothers, 15-year-old kids, top executives and music fans from all over the country, and the common denominator is their love for music - and many of them keep coming back, they love the experience so much," he said.

Now, the faithful will have a permanent shrine at which to worship.   Continued...

Guitarist Slash (R) performs with attendees at the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas, Nevada in this 2007 publicity photo released to Reuters September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp/Handout