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Yes members, Night Ranger's Jack Blades to host upcoming Rock Fantasy Camp "Masterclass" sessions

Three current members of Yes and Night Ranger singer/bassist Jack Blades are among the latest artists and music-biz figures who have signed on to host upcoming editions of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp’s series of “Masterclass” virtual tutorials.

Yes guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes will be presenting separate interactive online classes on September 13 — at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET, respectively. Blades’ “Masterclass” event is scheduled for August 13.

Other well-known artists who will host newly announced “Masterclasses” include Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens on August 9, Mountain frontman Leslie West on August 28, hit songwriter Holly Knight on September 8 and 9, and former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach on September 10.

In addition, a special multiple-artist drum tutorial celebrating the legacy of Rush‘s Neil Peart and jazz great Buddy Rich and featuring Deep Purple‘s Ian Paice, ex-Guns N’ Roses member Matt Sorum is scheduled for August 22.

The events are limited to either 20 or 25 attendees. During the Masterclasses, the featured artists will share vocal, musical and/or songwriting tips, tell stories about their eventful careers, answer questions from attendees and more. In addition, surprise guest artists may pop into online classes unannounced.

Here’s the list of many of the upcoming Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp Masterclass events; start time is 8 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted:

7/27 — Songwriter Marti Frederiksen
8/1 — Ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal
8/4 — The Firm bassist Tony Franklin
8/7 — Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger
8/8 — Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid
8/9 — Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens (starts at 5 p.m.)
8/9 — Producer Mike Clink
8/13 — Night Ranger’s Jack Blades
8/17 — Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra
8/18 — Joel Hoekstra
8/21 — Tour manager David “5-1” Norman (starts at 2 p.m. ET)
8/22 — Deep Purple’s Ian Paice, ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum & more (starts at 1 p.m. ET)
8/28 — Leslie West
9/5 — Songwriter Holly Knight (part one)
9/6 — Holly Knight (part two) (starts at 4 p.m. ET)
9/10 — Sebastian Bach
9/13 — Yes guitarist Steve Howe (starts at 1 p.m. ET)
9/13 — Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes (starts at 4 p.m. ET)
9/13 — Yes drummer Alan White (starts at 7 p.m. ET)

By Matt Friedlander
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