Admit it. At one point or another, you’ve fantasized about jamming with your favorite rock'n'roll musician. David Fishof, a veteran of the live music biz who has worked with such acts as the Monkees and Ringo Starr, has made that dream come for thousands. Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp puts ordinary people up close with rock star counselors who teach them the ins and outs of writing and performing music. Now in its 10th year, the camp, which costs up to $8,500 for five days and nights, has expanded into Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and London.

From Feb. 15-18, musician counselors Brian Wilson (the Beach Boys), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Cliff Williams (AC/DC), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Elliot Easton (the Cars), Micky Dolenz (the Monkees), Alan White (Yes), David Ryan Harris (John Mayer), Simon Kirke (Bad Company) and Jeff Foskett (the Beach Boys), among others, will gather at a Hollywood recording studio to kick-start the camp’s 2008 season.

How did you develop the concept for Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp?
It developed from the years of being on tour with all these great rock groups. When I was on tour with Ringo and His All-Starr Band, people would always ask me what it’s like being around all of these amazing musicians. I thought this would be something I’d like to share with fans.

You’ve worked in live entertainment and the sporting industry for 30 years. How did you apply that experience to Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp?
I’ve met a lot of amazing people -- managers, agents and talent. I have the utmost respect for people with talent. So I did pull from my Rolodex and ask favors. But you can only ask favors up until a certain point, and then you have to deliver. I think the rock stars who’ve visited the camp really enjoyed themselves. And that’s really what has made the camp a success.

The camp has seen such musician counselors as Roger Daltrey, Paul Stanley, Mickey Hart, Brett Michaels and others. How do you choose counselors each year?
I basically hire musicians who I’ve had an opportunity to meet, or who are friends of other musicians. They have to have a personality and be able to deal with fans.

Are these famous musicians pretty open to being counselors?
Once the rock star comes and has seen the camp, there’s a reason they want to come back. And it’s not the money. They’re doing it because they’re seeing how music touches people. We’re also able to give many musicians jobs when the industry has changed. The camp has been able to afford a lot of musicians whose bands have split up. It has given a lot of work to musicians. And they get to come to a safe environment.

How have campers responded over the years?
I wake up every morning and get an amazing e-mail from a camper thanking me. Last month I opened an e-mail from a guy who fought in Iraq and wanted to come to the camp three years ago. He couldn’t afford it, so I said he could be my guest. To me, that’s what it’s about -- giving back everything this industry gave me.

Aside from upcoming 10th anniversary camp in Los Angeles, what does the future hold for Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp?
I’ve [recently] made a deal with Elisabeth Murdock of (U.K. media company) Shine. We’re going to be doing a television series in the U.K. It’s a reality show, but it’s not about winning and losing -- it’s about the affects of making music, and how the power of music will change your life. That’s one of the ways I plan on turning this into a profit.

We’re also going to do a 25-city club tour this summer, where campers show up at 8 a.m. in the morning, and go through a one-day camp. By 6 p.m., they’re onstage opening for a major rock act.

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