Rock Camp Returns to NYC with Al Di Meola, Nels Cline, Chuck Leavell and Simon Kirke!

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Monday, June 13, 2022


Rockstar mentors include Laurence Juber (WINGS), Bumblefoot (Guns N’ Roses) Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath), Gary Hoey, Johnny A, Kasim Sultan (Utopia), Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett), Britt Lightning (VIXEN) Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh) and many other will be on hand to mentor campers.

Our BEATLES VS STONES Fantasy Camp is a camp for musicians to take their skills and confidence to the next level, realize their dreams are possible and create bonds and friendships for life with fellow aspiring musicians. Playing with our counselors and guest star musicians over four days will make YOU a better musician! At this camp, you will select the band you want to join, jam hits from both the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Wilco, Free, Bad Company, and more - and prove YOUR favorite is the better band at our final night’s showdown at THE CUTTING ROOM in New York City with Simon Kirke!

Your choice of band does not preclude you from playing songs from the opposing band! You will want to play at least one song from each band. At your final performance, the collective camp bands will perform the entire Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Sticky Fingers albums, and more.

“Thanks to recent remarks by Paul McCartney in the New Yorker, maybe we now can all finally agree that a rivalry between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones was — and is! — a real thing, as opposed to just a fan construct. … Was McCartney joking when he described the Stones as “a blues cover band” and added that “our net was cast a bit wider than theirs”? No — he was asked an honest question and responded with honest pride… as both collective parties have from the late 1960s forward. Jagger was speaking purely in jest when he fired back at a Stones show last week by joshing that McCartney was backstage at the L.A. show and would be “joining us in a blues cover.” But the Stones have given as well as they’ve gotten over the years. There’ve also had countless personal encounters that seemed friendly, and fireworks-free — Jagger inducted the Beatles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for Pete Best’s sake — but the edge between them has never completely dulled.” – Chris Willman, Variety, October 2021

“New York City has always been a favorite spot for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Campers but coming back to ‘the Big Apple’ with the Beatles vs Stones themed camp after the crazy few years we’ve all been through couldn’t be more perfect and adding in all these amazing stars to the camp will be a once in a lifetime experience!” - David Fishof, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp Founder

Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp was created 26 years ago to provide real people the once-in-a-lifetime experience of connecting and jamming with their musical heroes. The Camp has provided unforgettable memories, advice, and feedback for attendees worldwide. Camp events span over four jam-packed days where campers join a band mentored by today’s top touring musicians, and work up to final performances with the headliner rockstars at legendary venues from Abbey Road Studios in London, to Hollywood’s Whisky A Go-Go, to the Atlantic resort in The Bahamas.

The in-person Camp announcement comes on the heels of the tremendously successful 2021 documentary Rock Camp, The Movie. "Entertaining”, “inspiring" and "moving" are how critics, audiences and industry leaders describe the new documentary Rock Camp. The film follows four real people who attend Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp and how it transforms their lives. These "rock campers" share the stage with superstar counselors including Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Nancy Wilson, Joe Perry, Judas Priest, Sammy Hagar and many more. Rock Camp is directed by Doug Blush, who has worked on 100+ documentaries (including Oscar winners 20 Feet from Stardom, Icarus, and Period. End of Sentence.).

Rock Camp, The Movie has generated great word of mouth and buzz, scoring a 94% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and continues to hold the #1 Music Doc spot on iTunes/Apple TV. The film has been featured on The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and on ABC News. The Washington Post called Rock Camp "an eye-opening treat," and The Chicago Sun-Times described it as "infectiously upbeat." Music industry critic and influencer Bob Lefsetz raves, "I couldn't turn it off. Rock and roll is a religion.