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We can't all be rockers, but we can pretend to be.
Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp is where thousands of would-be musicians have lived out their dreams over the past two decades.
A TV show documenting the camp previously aired for two seasons on VH1 Classic. Plenty of other TV shows have mentioned Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, including "Bones," "Ellen" and "The Simpsons."
The lighthearted film introduces us to four campers, ranging from a high-level accountant from New Jersey to a Pennsylvania teen with autism. Though from drastically different walks of life, their love of music unites them.
Musicians who've taken part in the weeklong camp, serving as mentors, include Roger Daltrey of The Who, Bret Michaels of Poison, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones. Several appear in the film.
Fishof was a sports agent when he conceived the idea for Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp. He says he was getting bored and looking to branch out. When he made the move to music, Ringo Starr was among his big-name clients.
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Those who know Fishof have plenty of colorful descriptions for him in the 90-minute documentary. "He's out of his mind," says Lita Ford of The Runaways.
"David, I thought, should be in a mental hospital at some point – or he has escaped from a mental hospital," Alice Cooper adds.
But as crazy as it sounded, Fishof's vision worked for both fans and musicians. "What has kept this camp around so long is these artists, they get a spark out of the music," the camp's founder says. "It's pure."
While you might think getting to rub shoulders with celebrities is the main draw of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, the film shows that's not really the case. These campers love music, first and foremost.
Tammy Fisher, the accountant from New Jersey, says she finds "solace in screaming metal." She has been to camp five times. It helps her cope with an intense career, she says. "It's a tough job. I'm one of very few vice presidents there."
Blake Meinhardt, the teen with autism, didn't talk until he was 5. "He lives and breathes music," his father Bill says. "That's his world."
Scott Crockett credits God for his love of music. "Somehow, he put drums in my life," says Crockett, an analyst from California. "I really think if it wasn't for music I wouldn't be here today."
Scott Keller, a consultant from California, says his parents weren't always happy about his love of rock. "I had to fight really hard to put heavy metal posters in my room," he says with a laugh. But eventually, "Judas Priest made it up there."
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During their week in Las Vegas, the four campers get individualized lessons from the best of the best, then cap things off with a performance where they share the stage with their slightly more famous instructors.
That concert, which ends the documentary, gives all the right feels. We see Blake jamming with Kiss co-founder Paul Stanley. He looks confident, smiles and thrashes his head. The moment makes his father emotional.
"He puts a guitar on with a bunch of people in the audience and he's a different person," Bill says.
Fisher handles vocals with Stanley when its her turn, earning a standing ovation from the packed crowd at House of Blues. It's something she says she has wanted to do for years: be front and center rather than lurking in the background.
"Sometimes you need a kick in the butt," she says. "Your lack of confidence stops you from doing things you actually can do."
While admittedly no one attending camp expects to become a singing sensation, that's not the point, Stanley says.
"It's not about how good you are, it's about how much you enjoy playing."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Rock Camp' documentary: It's all part of our rock 'n' roll fantasy