We at VEGAS.com are simple folk, really. We work all day inside an office building in a well-manicured corporate plaza.
But for one fleeting night last week, we were rock stars!
On April 18, several coworkers and I were invited to hang out and jam with veteran rock musicians at Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp.
There weren’t any campfires, s’mores or scary stories, but there were plenty of sing-alongs. Those who could play an instrument, did (VP of Business Development, Debbie Bingham, tore apart the skins!). The rest of us sang or helped keep the beat. I did the splits and bruised my knee (such is the life of a hardcore rocker).
Produced by David Fishof, Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp turns your dream of making music with your favorite rock stars into reality — no matter your level of musical experience. Whether you’re a Rock Star for a Day at the state-of-the-art off-Strip recording facility or you participate in a multi-day camp at MGM Grand, you’ll interact with rock stars, learn or perfect your knowledge of an instrument, and even perform on stage.
“I decided I’m going to Vegas and I’m going to bring rock ‘n’ roll to this town and give people an opportunity to live this dream,” said Fishoff, a longtime rock tour producer and author of the book Rock Your Business. “Now you can do something else in Vegas other than … shoot a gun and go around a racetrack.”
Fishoff has brought some of the world’s top rockers to Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp including Bill Wyman, Bret Michaels, Cheap Trick, George Thorogood, Joe Satriani, Joe Walsh, Levon Helm, Max Weinberg, Meatloaf, Mickey Hart, Nils Lofgren,Roger Daltrey, Slash, Steven Tyler, Vince Neil and more. Recent camp participants had the opportunity to rock with Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson.
- July 14-17: Yes Fantasy Camp
During our visit, VEGAS.com got a taste of the Rock Star for a Day program. For our special event, we were split into groups and sent off with our very own rock counselors — musicians Frank DiMino, Stoney Curtis, Scot Coogan, Ron Keel and Jason Ebs.
My group, (we called ourselves Ebs and Flow), worked closely with longtime guitarist and singer Ebs, who toured with Peter Criss of Kiss, played with Berlin and has a solo album, “Twisted Roots.”
Ebs guided us along as we rehearsed our song, the Joan Jett version of “I love Rock ‘n’ Roll.” He even taught us some important rock star tactics, such as “eating the microphone” (apparently, not a literal term) and pointing the mic out at the audience during the chorus to help pump them up. Some of us were more comfortable in the spotlight than others, (the free-flowing beer and wine didn’t hurt), but ultimately we all made it on stage for our crowd-pleasing and knee-bruising performances.
“Most of us had no previous musical experience at all, but we all felt like rock ‘n’ roll stars performing on stage,” said VEGAS.com Executive Assistant, Angela Simpson. “It was such a fun night and an awesome team building experience. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to have a fabulous time and loves rock music!”
And though we all had a rockin’ time, I can only speak for myself when I say, I won’t be quitting my day job anytime soon.