The Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp From Hell
Rocks Off recently got invited to cover something known as Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, which works a lot like baseball fantasy camp, except none of the participants can field a line-drive grounder. Among the idols rock campers will meet include 3 Doors Down, Mark Farner, the drummer from the Hooters and the guitarist for Mr. Big. That's pretty bad, but the chance to meet Cliff Williams of AC/DC and The Who's Roger Daltrey is also afforded, so we think we could definitely do worse. Hmm, if Rocks Off were to deliberately create as terrible a rock camp as possible, what would it be like...?
Your tour bus pulls up in front of Rocks Off's massive Exile In the Hill Country Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp compound buried deep in central Texas somewhere between Austin and San Angelo. As you disembark from your tour bus, you notice an enthusiastic young man pounding out the theme to Jurassic Park on his Casio keyboard.
Photo illustrations by John Seaborn Gray
A few steps closer and, oh my goodness, it's an Andrew WK! Yes, Rocks Off Exile's campgrounds will feature at least three fully licensed and authentic Andrew WKs patrolling the grounds offering encouragement and middling, ambient keyboard improvisations at all times. Feeding the Andrew WKs is strictly forbidden.
But that's just the beginning of your adventure. Your bags will be stowed away by members of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Less Than Jake, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and many other once-famous Third Wave ska bands Rocks Off found living on the street and rehabilitated at our own expense. Once that's taken care of, you'll be given a tour of the camp grounds by none other than Pete Doherty.
Please note: if Doherty keels over dead there is no need to panic; simply activate the defibrillators sewed into his chest cavity as per their easy-to-read instructions printed on his T-shirt.
Shit like this pretty much happens every day.
Your morning routine will start off with a nutritious batch of breakfast burritos, microwaved by none other than Juan Croucier himself, former bassist for Ratt and Dokken (and even a brief stint in Quiet Riot). After that, your day starts off with a bang when you head into your first class to receive guitar lessons from the man, the master, Mister Jack White!
Yes, Jack White, born Horst Nussbaum in 1940s Germany, wrote and produced several hard-hitting songs for many famous rock & rollers, including Barry Manilow, Paul Anka, David Hasselhoff, and the great Pia Zadora!
He'll teach you all you need to know about beginner guitar, although you should be warned, he becomes agitated and has been known to scream and throw things at mention of the term "power chord."
After a lunch prepared by a surprise guest celebrity chef (usually a choral member of the Polyphonic Spree), you'll venture into the great outdoors for some good old-fashioned exercise. To be exact, you'll be put to work setting up the massive stage pavilion for that evening's concert.
You'll be tutored in the art of roadie-ing by roadies who have worked for such big-time acts as Inspiral Carpets, The Boo Radleys, Virgin Prunes, Gruntruck and many more. Honestly, this will take you the better part of the afternoon and on into the evening. You probably won't get around to eating dinner until around 9 p.m....
...at which time you'll be treated to Mystery Murder Dinner Theater courtesy of members of Entombed, Unleashed, Darkthrone and several other death-metal bands. Note: the members of these bands frequently break character and actually murder one another, so please assist us in being on the lookout for weapons and blood that look decidedly realistic, as well as suspiciously inappropriate dialogue such as "I'll fucking kill you, you fucking fuck!" or "Fucking die! Fucking die! Fucking diiiieeee!" or anything screamed in Norwegian.
Rocks Off is not liable for any death, injury, or psychological trauma incurred during the performance.