Rock stars make their tens of millions championing the “stay quick, die younger” life-style, however most go on to stay lengthy and fruitful lives. Meaning they must settle someplace. The Sarasota space has a shocking variety of all-star music folks. From lengthy hairs to blue hairs (to generally no hair in any respect), rock stars—they’re similar to your grandma and grandpa. Right here’s a listing of seven notables, who’re writing their coda in Sarasota.
Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones
Resident since: 2020
Neighborhood: Lakewood Ranch
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger bought a $2 million Lakewood Ranch mansion for his ballet dancer girlfriend Melanie Hamrick and younger son so she may very well be near her household. He apparently favored the privateness, however the story of the sale turned one of the vital broadly learn in Sarasota media. Can’t all the time get what you need.
Trivia Notice: When Mick Jagger performs, it’s estimated he cock-walks 10 miles per gig. Sarasota isn’t identified for being pedestrian-friendly, however possibly you’ll catch him on a sundown Ringling Bridge stroll one in all today.
Brian Johnson, AC/DC
Resident since: 1998
Neighborhood: Chook Key
He’s probably the most gregarious of Sarasota’s retired rockers, so that you’re sure to have seen him driving round in a elaborate British sports activities automobile whereas donning his signature newsboy cap. He’s worn the cap since his early days taking part in small golf equipment in northeast England. Again then, it wasn’t a vogue assertion; he wore the cap to maintain the sweat out of his eyes whereas performing in un-air-conditioned venues. Whereas each inch of Sarasota is likely to be air-conditioned, we nonetheless like that he wears the cap, even indoors. You would possibly catch him downtown when he goes to get a baguette for breakfast from C’est La Vie!
Trivia Notice: The AC/DC alternative frontman and his spouse, Brenda, are identified for charitable work within the space. In 2019, they donated property to the All Star Children’s Foundation, an area nonprofit.
Dickey Betts, Allman Brothers
Resident since: He was slightly boy
Neighborhood: Osprey, on Little Sarasota Bay
The closest we now have to a local rock star, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist and co-founder grew up in Bradenton. Actually, the Betts household has ties to the land that date again to shortly after the Civil Battle. In case you drive round sufficient, you would possibly even discover Betts Avenue.
Trivia Notice: Rising up a rustic boy in Bradenton meant entering into bother. He nearly by no means turned a rock star due to his run-ins with the legislation. “I used to be on probation on the time as a result of I had shot a cow, me and my buddy, to have a seashore barbecue, and we acquired caught,” Betts recalled in an interview with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune again in 2014.
Graeme Edge, Moody Blues
Resident since: 1998
The Moody Blues co-founder and drummer moved right here as a result of he saved a sailboat on Anna Maria Island. Edge was smitten with the tradition, referring to it as “the final hippie outpost.”
Trivia Notice: The Rock and Roll Corridor of Famer’s time within the space hasn’t been and not using a little drama. Again in 2007, Edge was arrested and tried in court docket for a DUI after failing a breathalyzer and area check at a Manatee County Sheriff’s Workplace sobriety checkpoint. The jury sided with Edge, and this gem of a element got here out of the trial: “Edge was carefree out and in of court docket, smiling and conversing with prosecutor Lisa Chittaro. The 2 smoked cigarettes collectively throughout breaks and chatted about Indian meals all over the world,” in line with a newspaper article.
Joe Perry, Aerosmith
Home-owner since: 2001
Neighborhood: Longboat Key and, these days, north Sarasota
The grey-streaked lead guitarist for Aerosmith has been coming to the Sarasota space for about 20 years. However final 12 months, Perry discovered himself in Sarasota greater than ordinary after the world locked down. In an interview with Boston’s WBUR final 12 months, he claimed the pandemic was the primary trip he’s had in 30 years. He and his spouse quarantined earlier than authorities officers really useful it to the general public. Actually, he’s puzzled by the Florida public’s response to the outrage, saying, “I used to be actually amazed to see people who find themselves saying their lives are being trodden on as a result of they’re informed they’ll’t go to the seashore.”
Trivia Notice: Perry and his spouse Billie, lifelong divers, took half in a reef cleanup off Lido Seashore again in 2009.
Tony Kaye, Sure
Resident since: 2019
Neighborhood: North Sarasota
A founding member of the British progressive rock band Sure, the keyboardist was impressed to maneuver to Florida after acting on Cruise to the Edge, a progressive rock cruise pageant out of Tampa. As an alternative of heading again to L.A., he says he “rented a automobile and got here down right here. I wound up on Siesta Key and cherished it and 6 months later I used to be transferring right here.” He’s a part of a rising pattern of individuals leaving Los Angeles for Florida. “I had sufficient of L.A. after 30 years,” Kaye informed Rolling Stone. “I acquired the hell out.”
Trivia Notice: Kaye is thought for his pioneering work with the Hammond organ and for backing David Bowie on the legendary “Station to Station” tour.
Rick Derringer, The McCoys
Resident since: 2003
The lead singer and guitarist of the band that introduced you the hit cowl “Cling on Sloopy” in 1965 is an enormous fan of the Sarasota space. On his YouTube web page, you may accompany him on a Myakka kayaking journey.
Trivia Notice: Derringer precipitated a stir in 2017 after Sarasota Bradenton Worldwide Airport safety discovered a loaded gun in his baggage after a visit to Cancun. Derringer confessed to a federal air marshal that he had saved a loaded gun on him on business airline flights 30 to 50 occasions per 12 months. Lately, Derringer has develop into concerned in politics, and was featured on a radio program with Roger Stone selling Donald Trump’s marketing campaign in 2020. His track, “Actual American,” typically soundtracked Trump’s rallies.