2012: Bruce Springsteen with his daughter Jessica at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)
Posted: 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Palm Beach County is well-known for its richer-than-rich residents, but did you know that the staid environs of Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and even Boca Raton have become a refuge for those who rock out?
Maybe the weather lends itself to non-stop pool parties. Whatever it is, no fewer than ten members of the esteemed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have called the county home, 11 if you count 2018 inductee Tico Torres of Bon Jovi. And of course we are.
Palm Beach County’s current house band:
Jason Newsted, Jupiter: The former Metallica bassist and current visual artist, whose solo show remains at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County into early 2018, has lived in north Palm Beach County for about 20 years.
Dan Spitz, North Palm Beach: The former Anthrax lead guitarist lived for awhile in suburban Lake Worth but now appears to own a home in western Delray Beach.
Dion DiMucci, Boca Raton: The veteran rocker and the man who almost wound up on the flight that killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, hails from the Bronx, but he and wife Susan, who inspired his hit “Runaround Sue,” have been known to run around Boca when they’re not up north.
Jett Beres, Palm Beach Gardens: The bassist for Gainesville ’90s rockers Sister Hazel, who still have a massive fan base known as the Hazelnuts, is also now a real estate agent.
Jason Bonham, Delray Beach: Bonham, who is legit second-generation rock royalty as the son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John, also used to live in Boca Raton.
Jimmy Buffett, Palm Beach: Margaritaville is basically a state of mind, but the prince of the Parrotheads has physically lived in the state of Florida for ages.
Nicko McBrain, Boca Raton: The former Iron Maiden drummer now pounds out pork, as the owner of Coral Spring’s Rock N Roll Ribs.
Kid Rock, Jupiter Inlet Colony: So his rumored run for the U.S. Senate turned out to be a publicity stunt, but at least one thing is true – the Detroit rapper turned Southern rocker definitely owns property here.
Don Brewer, Jupiter: The Grand Funk Railroad drummer and wife and radio personality Sunny Quinn live in Jupiter.
Rod Stewart, Palm Beach: Maybe “Tonight’s The Night” you’ll see Stewart, who has owned a beach house here for years, in and around Palm Beach.
Bruce Springsteen, Wellington: The Boss and wife Patti are often seen in and around the equestrian scene, of which daughter Jessica is a well-known star.
Vanilla Ice, Wellington: Alright stop, collaborate and listen: Is that the rapper and home improvement show star at your favorite local haunt? Probably!
Boarded the tour bus out of town:
Madonna, Wellington: The once and future Material Girl spent some time renting a home in Wellington during equestrian season, although she never bought one.
Alan Jackson, Jupiter: The country legend and Buffett buddy filmed the video for “It’s 5 0’clock Somewhere,” perhaps the quintessential Florida song, at Jupiter’s Square Grouper.
Scott Stapp, Boca Raton: The Creed lead singer, who recently toured with the band Art of Anarchy, lived in Boca for years but recently moved to Nashville, where he and his wife recently welcomed a baby boy.
Tico Torres, Jupiter: The Bon Jovi drummer lived in northern Palm Beach County for years.
John Lennon, Palm Beach: Not only is the former Beatle the biggest rock star to ever live in Palm Beach County, he’s one of the most famous rock stars, period. He first came to the island as the Beatles were breaking up and then bought an oceanfront estate with wife Yoko Ono less than a year before his death in 1980.
John Sebastian, Lake Worth: The Lovin’ Spoonful singer spent time in the L-Dub with his grandparents as a kid and owned the home himself for a time.
Butch Trucks, Palm Beach: The late Allman Brothers drummer passed away in January 2017.
Clarence Clemons, Singer Island: One of three E Street Band members who’ve lived in the county, the Big Man was an enthusiastic local resident.
Max Weinberg, Palm Beach: The aforementioned third E Streeter to call the county home, the former “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” drummer bought a house on Palm Beach but put it on the market last year after finding it too big. However, he told the Palm Beach Daily News, he intends to stay around the area.
John Paul Pitts: Along with Tyler Schwarz, Pitts is a co-founder of the indie rock band Surfer Blood and grew up in the West Palm Beach area.
Chris Carrabba, Boca Raton: Dashboard Confessional’s emo pioneer got his start here locally, and played the former Ray’s Downtown Blues club while he still worked at a Boca elementary school.
Cassadee Pope, Wellington: Before she won “The Voice,” she was the lead singer of Wellington-based pop punk band Hey Monday!
Ariana Grande, Boca Raton: Currently one of the world’s biggest pop stars, the “Problem” singer got her start in local theater and returned home last year after the tragic bombing at her Manchester, England concert.
Vince Neil, West Palm Beach: The Motley Crue frontman wasn’t a resident, but for years he was a partner of Dr. Feelgood’s Rock Bar and Grill on Clematis Street until the space changed concepts in 2013.
Celine Dion, Jupiter: Her heart and home has gone on from the county, but she’ll always be one of the most well-known musicians to call Palm Beach County home.
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