About the Producer
Whether he’s producing a tour, assembling an All-Starr band with Ringo Starr, or writing a best-selling book, there’s one thing David Fishof is always doing: dreaming. Hailed as one of the most creative and innovative entertainment producers in the world, Fishof has been responsible for some of the most original, successful, and exciting live shows ever brought to the stage. But of all the shows he’s put on over his 40-plus year career, there’s one production that stands out from all the rest: Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp.
After years of good fortune working with veteran rockers like Roger Daltrey, Ringo Starr, The Monkees, Levon Helm, Joe Walsh, the late Jack Bruce and so many more superstars, Fishof decided it was time to share his experiences with rock fans around the world. And so, in 1997, he debuted the rock camp—a place where regular people can reconnect with their passion for music alongside the most famous names in the business.
A quarter century later, the camp has given more than 7,000 folks from around the world a chance to live the rock star dream. Campers get to meet and jam with their musical idols—including Joe Perry, Roger Daltrey, Gene Simmons, Nancy Wilson, and the late Jeff Beck—in some of the most legendary venues on Earth, from Abbey Road Studios in London, to the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, to the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.
In July 2010, Fishof teamed up with TV producer Mark Burnett to co-produce a TV reality series on VH1 Classic entitled “Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp,” which ran for two seasons. And in January 2021, Giant Films released Rock Camp, a documentary from Academy Award winner Doug Blush, covering the history of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, featuring interviews from campers and rock stars alike. That documentary has received four star reviews on Amazon Prime, where it’s currently streaming.
After COVID-19 struck, Fishof pivoted from live camps to successfully launch the Rock Camp Master Class program on Zoom. Much like the Fantasy Camp, the Master Class allowed participants to meet and speak with rock legends like Alice Cooper, Steve Gadd, Sebastian Bach, and over one hundred of today’s top touring musicians.
Today the live camps have made a triumphant return, bringing new waves of campers face-to-face with their idols and realizing their dreams. Last year, Fishof created a Songwriting Fantasy Camp with hitmaker Desmond Child and also launched the second Women’s Only Rock Camp. The Women’s Camps have allowed women to learn from and jam with Melissa Etheridge, Nancy Wilson, Wynonna, and Lzzy Hale among others.
In addition to founding Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, Fishof’s career highlights include reuniting The Monkees for their blowout reunion tour in 1986, and producing Dirty Dancing: The Concert Tour, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Tour, the Happy Together Tours, Classic Superfest, American Gladiators Live Tour, and the British Rock Symphony (which featured Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, and Jon Anderson). Fishof also worked with Ringo Starr to create the All Starr Band, and over its fifteen-year existence, Fishof has produced eight All Star Band tours.
Fishof’s career has also spanned the sports world. He has represented legends such as NFL greats Phil Simms, Mark Bavaro, Vince Ferragamo, and Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds, as well as baseball stars Lou Piniella, Dave Magadan, and Randy Myers and many more pro athletes during his career as a sports agent.
Fishof also authored the best-selling book Putting It On The Line about sports and entertainment, and his second book Rock Your Business was an Amazon best seller. He was a featured speaker at the National Speakers Association. In November 2022, Fishof released his third book, Rock Camp: An Oral History, 25 Years of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp.
In January 2023, Fishof announced a development deal with Fox for a comedy TV show called “Rock Camp” following a down on his luck rock star, who after a series of screw-ups, begrudgingly goes to teach at Rock Camp — a summer camp where anyone can live out their fantasy of shredding next to their favorite rockers — in order to satisfy a court mandate and save his reputation. Fishof joins producers Steve Basilone (“The Goldbergs”) and Jeff Rowe on the endeavor.
David resides in los Angeles and is the proud father of five, grandfather of eight and husband of Karen Finkel.
Fox Drums Up ‘Rock Camp’ Comedy In The Works From Steve Basilone, Jeff Rowe & David Fishof
Fox is developing single-camera comedy Rock Camp from The Goldbergs co-exec producer Steve Basilone, Jeff Rowe and David Fishof, founder of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. The project follows a down on his luck rock star, who after a series of screw-ups, begrudgingly goes to teach at Rock Camp — a summer camp where anyone can live out their fantasy of shredding next to their favorite rockers — in order to satisfy a court mandate and save his reputation. Basilone, who has also written on Community and The Michael J. Fox Show, will write and will exec produce alongside Rowe, and Fishof. Fishof started Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp after having worked with Ringo Starr, Roger Daltrey, The Monkees, Joe Walsh and Peter Frampton. He launched it in 1997 and has put more than 6,000 folks through their rock star dreams. He also previously teamed with Mark Burnett to produce a reality series for VH1 that ran for two seasons. Rowe is an advisor to Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp and producer on a recent documentary about it. Rock Camp is produced by Fox Entertainment Studios, which was established to produce its own series in-house.