David Fishof

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David Fishof
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Born
New York City, New York, United States
OccupationRock producer, sports agent
Known forFounder of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp
WebsiteOfficial website

David Fishof is an American music producer, sports agent, and the founder and CEO of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp. Born in New York City, Fishof began his career representing acts in the Catskill Mountains.[1] From there he went on to represent Herschel Bernardi and other entertainers.[2]

He became a sports agent, representing Phil Simms, Mark Bavaro, Vince Ferragamo, Jack Reynolds, Lou Piniella, Dave Magadan and Randy Myers, among others.[3][4]

During his time as a sports agent and thereafter, he started producing live tours. He went on to work with Ringo Starr, The Monkees, Roger Daltrey, and numerous other well known acts.[2]

He has authored two books, Putting It on The Line, a book about his experiences in the world of sports and entertainment,[5] and Rock Your Business: What You and Your Company Can Learn From The Business of Rock and Roll.[6]

Fishof also speaks publicly[7] and was the featured speaker at the "National Speakers Association" annual conference held at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York City's Times Square in 2008.

Tour producer[edit]

In 1981, Fishof began representing the sunshine pop band the Association (who had such hits as "Along Comes Mary", "Cherish", "Windy", and "Never My Love") and in 1984 assembled a tour with them entitled "The Happy Together Tour", which also included The Turtles, Gary Puckett and Spanky and Our Gang. "Happy Together" toured again in 1985 with The Turtles, Gary Lewis, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams and Tommy James and the Shondells.[8] The tour lasted eight months and was one of the top 10 grossing tours in the country at the time.[9]

In 1986, Fishof produced the Monkees 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour[10] in collaboration with MTV running "Monkee Marathons". He then produced "The American Bandstand Concert Tour" with Dick Clark.[11] In 1987, Fishof produced "Classic Superfest" which featured bands from the 70's with performances by The Turtles with Flo and Eddie, Herman's Hermits, The Grass Roots, Mark Lindsay and The Byrds featuring Gene Clark, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Dr. Hook and BTO.[12][13]

In 1988, Fishof produced the "Dirty Dancing Live Tour". It sold out all eight nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 24 hours.[14] The show included Bill Medley singing "Time of My Life", and Eric Carmen singing, "Hungry Eyes". The production traveled throughout America and went on to tour Europe and Australia.

In 1991, he went on to produce "The American Gladiators Live Tour" with Kenneth Feld of Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. The tour took Gladiators to local arenas where amateur athletes could challenge them.[15] Fishof then created and produced "Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band".[16] From 1989 to 2003, Fishof produced eight different "Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band" tours.

During those years Fishof also created the British Rock Symphony, which featured Roger Daltrey of The Who,[17] Alice Cooper and Jon Anderson of the band Yes.[18] The "British Rock Symphony" is a CD, DVD and a live show featuring the symphonic music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Who.

Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp[edit]

Richie Kotzen, Roger Daltrey, and Mark Farner at one of Fishof's Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camps.

During a 1989 tour with Ringo's All-Starr Band, Joe Walsh and Levon Helm played a practical joke on Fishof by pretending to get into a fight with knives. After it was revealed to be a prank, Fishof saw how much fun these musicians were having together, and began thinking about how to bring this experience to the public. In 1997, he traded in life as a tour producer to start Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, which allows people from all walks of life to jam with their musical heroes.[19]

In 2010, Fishof co-produced, along with Mark Burnett Productions, a reality television series on the camp. The show, titled "Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp," aired on VH1 Classic for two seasons.[20]

Fishof continues to produce Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camps in various locations worldwide, including stars such as Joe Perry, Brian Wilson, Vince Neil, Nancy Wilson, Dave Mustaine, Slash, Jeff Beck, Judas Priest, Def Leppard, members of KISS, and many others.[21]

Unable to hold live camps during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Fishof launched an online series called Rock Camp Masterclasses held via Zoom. The classes featured musicians, music business executives, producers, and songwriters, including Roger Daltrey, Jason Flom (founder of Lava Records), Eddie Kramer, and Desmond Child, among others.[22]

Rock Camp: The Movie[edit]

In 2021, Fishof's life story was told in the documentary Rock Camp: The Movie.[21] As a result of the film, Fishof was featured and/or interviewed in Rolling Stone,[23] USA Today,[24] The Washington Post, Billboard,[25] and numerous other major platforms.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carol Caffin: David Fishof talks about The Band, the Ringo Starr tour, and the Columbia Records deal". Theband.hiof.no. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  2. ^ a b "CelebrityAccess Industry Profiles". Celebrityaccess.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  3. ^ "CelebrityAccess Industry Profiles". Celebrityaccess.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  4. ^ "Topic Galleries - Orlando Sentinel". Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
  5. ^ David Fishof; Eugene Shapiro (1983-11-01). Putting It on the Line: The Negotiating Secrets, Tactics, and Techniques of a Top Sports and Entertainment Agent. ISBN 9780688024475.
  6. ^ Fishof, David; Levin, Michael Graubart (2012). Rock Your Business: What You and Your Company Can Learn from the Business of Rock and Roll. ISBN 978-1936661459.
  7. ^ "The Bazel Group, Inc". Corporateartists.com. Archived from the original on 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  8. ^ Fichter, Jack. "Gary Puckett to Bring Hits to Wildwood". Cape May County Herald. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  9. ^ [1] Archived August 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090330081305/http://www.monkees.com/read/davy.lasso. Archived from the original on March 30, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2010. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "'60s B-act Tours: Memory Lane Is A Road Not Taken". Articles.orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  12. ^ Einarson, John (2005). Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life and Legacy of the Byrds' Gene Clark. ISBN 9780879307936. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  13. ^ "Classic Superfest". Articles.orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  14. ^ "Dirty Dancing company heads for the hills". Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  15. ^ Clark, Dan (2009-02-10). The American Gladiators Tour. ISBN 9781439102299. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  16. ^ [2] Archived September 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Billboard Business". Archived from the original on February 7, 2008. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  18. ^ Point Music's 'British Rock Symphony' To Lead Online Sales Push. 1999-10-16. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  19. ^ Hagwood, Rod Stafford. "Everything you need to know about Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp in South Florida". Sun-Sentinel.com (in American English). Retrieved 2021-06-02.
  20. ^ "VH1 Classic and Mark Burnett Productions Give Music Fans a Chance of a... - NEW YORK, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/". Prnewswire.com. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  21. ^ a b "Rock Camp The Movie". Rock Camp The Movie (in American English). Retrieved 2021-06-02.
  22. ^ "Rock Camp Masterclasses". Rock Camp Masterclasses (in American English). Retrieved 2021-06-02.
  23. ^ Millman, Ethan (2020-12-29). "Sammy Hagar, Gene Simmons Are Camp Counselors in 'Rock Camp' Trailer". Rolling Stone (in American English). Retrieved 2021-06-02.
  24. ^ Dinges, Gary. "'They get a spark out of the music': New documentary goes inside the legendary 'Rock Camp'". USA TODAY (in American English). Retrieved 2021-06-02.
  25. ^ "Go to 'Rock Camp' With Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper & More in Trailer For New Documentary". Billboard. Retrieved 2021-06-02.

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