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Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp Featuring Jeff Beck and the Beach Boys

By MIKE BARNES | October 28, 2013
 The author onstage at RRFC.
Big Dreams: Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp and David Fishof
You might not know David Fishof, the founder of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, in the way you might know of a Robert Plant or an Eddie Van Halen, but he certainly knows a thing or two about rock ’n’ roll stars and concert events. Fishof has had a long, illustrious career, first as a sports agent and then live show producer including bands such as The Association, The Turtles, The Monkees, Hermans Hermits, and The Byrds. He also went on to produce “American Gladiators Live Tour,” “Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band” tours, and the British Rock Symphony featuring Roger Daltrey of the Who, Alice Cooper, and Jon Anderson of Yes. Suffice it to say, David knows how to assemble the right music people in the right place and produce a stellar event!
Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp (RRFC) actually started back in 1997 and has slowly and steadily grown through a labor of love to encompass multiple kinds of experiences, including  three-to-five-day Destination Camps with big-name rock stars; Rock Camp 101, a two-day beginners course; Rock Star For A Day; and corporate team-building events.
On scanning the RRFC schedule earlier in the year, there was a standout session… Jeff Beck and The Beach Boys with Brian Wilson both slated for the April 18-21st 2013 Destination Camp, which included a chance to perform with Beck and get a VIP performance from Wilson—two living legends in one session. Given that Beck’s version of “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers” is well, my all-time favorite guitar song (and incidentally written by Stevie Wonder) and Wilson’s Pet Sounds (1966) is arguably one of the most influential records in recording history, this was a no-brainer. After a flurry of emails and a chat with RFCC directress Erin Calhoun, all-round rock goddess, the travel plan was hatched, booked, and the stage set for a musical adventure of a lifetime.

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