The 15 Biggest Rock Stars Who Live in Arizona

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Maria Vassett
Judas Priest frontman (and Paradise Valley resident) Rob Halford.
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.)

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.

Jerry Riopelle

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.



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Nika Khwikball
Nika Khwikball

????????????? oops, never mind this is about rock stars

Eric Voise
Eric Voise

Troy Luccketta of Tesla and Dave Elleson of Megadeth used to, but not sure if they still do. Steve Gadd also was splitting time between the Valley and his native Rochester, NY, but not sure if that is still the case.

Miguel Angel Soze
Miguel Angel Soze

Rob Halford does not live in AZ no more...he moved to Cal long ago...

Rick Vaughn
Rick Vaughn

You forgot Scott Roman of No Laughing Matter. And Omar Domkus of Scaterd Few.

Tracy McGill
Tracy McGill

Greg Hall lives in Scottsdale. #SacredReich \m/

Michelle Ann Brown
Michelle Ann Brown

Alice Cooper lives in Paradise Valley I remember cause my sister in law cleaned his house at one time abd plus my brother in law went to CORTEZ HIGH SCHOOL with him.

Keith Fama
Keith Fama

Bret Michaels lives in Scottsdale? Some one is getting a visit....

Graciela Rucker
Graciela Rucker

I mean. I care more about them than those mentioned in your article.

Graciela Rucker
Graciela Rucker

My rock stars are all LOCAL artists that consist of musicians, painters, sculptors and I want to keep it that way. My 4 goes to support them!

Go-Getter ML
Go-Getter ML

Maybe they left because they want to stay in the lime light and they prob weren't getting that here. Shooot, I'd move to greener pastures like Colorado, skip the lime light and give me trees/forest!! Plus anonymity is quite a treasure

HotRock SupaJoint
HotRock SupaJoint

Ya missed me yo! Wait... It's the "biggest", not the "tallest". Carry on.

Nicholas Belt
Nicholas Belt

They do it because every time you click to the next page, they get new ad impressions money. It is a shameless money grab,, 8 pages for this tiny article is laughable.

Sarah Muench
Sarah Muench

Virgil, you have to think of ROI. I haven't said anything before and there have probably been a hundred times that I have clicked off the New Times because I didn't want to click through. Hopefully the five minutes I have spent posting this and the above will bring a change.

azdesertgal
azdesertgal

What a list. I have only heard of 2 on the list.  Alice Cooper (of course everyone has heard of him) and Bret Michaels (Only because he is a Steeler fan from Pittsburgh). Bunch of strangers to me.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

All aging douchey rock-and-or-roll has-beens. It's fitting they would spend their twilight years under the desert sun.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

Yet, the effort to click through those pages is still far less than that which you put into crafting these rants. Derp!

Garyn Klasek
Garyn Klasek

Do the Phunk Junkeez still live out here?

Erika Sauve
Erika Sauve

Does Head from Korn still luve in the valley?

Marie Braden
Marie Braden

Joe Leste might count? Bang Tango went gold in the late Eighties.

Jason Karniol
Jason Karniol

Young MC, aka Marvin Young, 100% lives in the valley

Sarah Muench
Sarah Muench

What's worth more, page counts or time spent on a page? If you're a visitor like me and go to the site and then leave immediately because you don't want to have to click through all those pages, I'm there for 2 seconds. If it's all on one page, I'm there for several minutes, where I actually might notice an ad.

Tony Morales
Tony Morales

But it wouldn't fatten up their page click count. Advertisers wouldn't be duped into paying higher rates because of all of the visitors clicking in the stories....

Kat Johnson-Perea
Kat Johnson-Perea

You forgot Eric AK Knutson....front man for Flotsam and Jetsam. He lives in Mesa.... ..

Sarah Muench
Sarah Muench

Would be great if you could list them all on one page of your website rather than having to go to the next page to see each one. It would increase the time spent for a user on your page and it would be a lot less frustrating.

Christina Cassabria
Christina Cassabria

Or just click to the #1 "biggest rock star" because obvi it would be Maynard :-)

Donnie Stewart
Donnie Stewart

For some reason I couldn't find Dale T. Goodman on this list. Wtf?

iffy48126
iffy48126

I was under the impression that, originally, Alice Cooper was a band. And I doubt HE changed the name, without some input from the other 4 members of the band...WHO, LIKE ALICE, ARE ALL MEMBERS OF THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME.

ttuerff@aol.com
ttuerff@aol.com

I guess George Benson isn't rock, but he lives here, too. So too Sam Moore of Sam and Dave! Again, not an ear-bleeding rocker, but certainly a past chart buster.

calexxia2
calexxia2

I was under the impression that Bert Miracles had sold his place in Scottsdale when things went south with Kristy.

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