The 15 Biggest Rock Stars Who Live in Arizona
Stevie Nicks doesn't live here anymore. Neither does Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, Dokken's George Lynch, Kerry King of Slayer, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, nor Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt. At one time, all of these rock greats may have called Arizona their home, but have since left our state for new addresses. (Heck, even Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, who grew up in the Valley, reportedly sold his longtime pad in Gilbert recently and moved back to L.A.)
Maria Vassett Judas Priest frontman (and Paradise Valley resident) Rob Halford.
All that said, however, Arizona still boasts many recognizable rock stars as residents, whether they're of the homegrown variety or, just like a majority of our population, wound up moving here.
There's Alice Cooper, Brett Michaels, and Rob Halford, of course, not to mention many other famed vocalists, guitarists, and percussionists whose names are listed in both the annals of rock history and Arizona property records.
We've searched high and low for the many rockers who have Phoenix, Tucson, or other Arizona cities as their return address and compiled a list of those we could confirm that actually live here. (In other words, Paul McCartney doesn't count, even if there's a chance he might still own that ranch down in southern Arizona.)
Read on and rock on.
Just because its been a couple of years since Jerry Riopelle performed one of his hallmark New Years Eve gigs at the Celebrity Theatre, don't fret. It doesn't mean that he's ditched the Valley by any means. Nope, Riopelle still calls Scottsdale home, at least part of the year, one of many stops he's made along in his journey in the rock and pop world. During his 50-year-plus career, Riopelle has worked behind the scenes writing and producing songs for Capitol and A&M Records, as well as for the infamous Phil Spector, and seeing his songs covered by folks like Meatloaf, Kenny Loggins, and Herb Alpert. He later released his own material in the '70s and '80s, which got tons of airplay on KDKB and built up Riopelle's local popularity eons before he decided to move to Arizona in 2003.