Rock stars who live in Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral

Dave Osborn
Naples Daily News

Bob Seger has lived here for nearly three decades. Other were raised here, including rising musical star Dominic Fike who grew up in Naples and sings of Fort Myers in his 2018 hit "3 Nights" when he refers to "the City of Palms."

Drawn to its Gulf breezes and serene sunsets, rockers have found a place in Southwest Florida to call home.

Here's a list of those who have lived here, including some who still do.

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band performed "The Final Tour" at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.

Bob Seger — The Detroit rocker has called Naples home for more than a quarter century, living part-time in a Gulf-side condo. During his 2015 show at Germain (now Hertz) Arena in Estero, Seger told the sold-out crowd: “I get to play one of my hometowns. We feel right at home here.” Seger has penned and recorded numerous songs, and they include "Against The Wind," "Hollywood Nights," "Old Time Rock & Roll" and "Still the Same." Seger, 75, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Donna Summer — The Queen of Disco and Rock And Roll Hall of Fame member lived here and created and sold paintings before dying in her Naples home in May 2012. Summer, who was 63, is considered the biggest star from the disco era. Her 1979 hit, "Hot Stuff" remained at No. 1 for three weeks. And what wedding reception hasn't played as its final song her hit "Last Dance"?

She was inducted into the Rock Hall in 2013.

Cliff Williams — The AC/DC bassist has lived in south Lee County for years. The Australian-based band remains among the top 10 best-selling artists of all time, with hits including "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Thunderstruck." And this past November, the band released its latest album, "Power Up."

Williams became a Rock Hall member with AC/DC in 2003.

More:AC/DC: Classic lineup returns for album 'Power Up,' including Cliff Williams of Fort Myers

Laura Jane Grace — The punk-rock star grew up in Naples and headed to Gainesville when she turned 18. She's done well since she left, recording hit albums both with Against Me! and as a solo act, including the just-released “Stay Alive.” She’s toured the world. She wrote a critically acclaimed memoir. She's also among the first highly visible punk rock musicians to come out as transgender, which she did in 2012.

More:Laura Jane Grace: Punk-rock star talks new album, Naples and being a transgender icon

Jose Feliciano — The 75-year-old musical pioneer hit his stride in the late 1960s and early '70s, with hits including his rendition of "Light My Fire" and his perhaps most enduring song, the Christmas classic "Feliz Navidad" that turned 50 in 2020. Feliciano has family in Southwest Florida and even lived in Lehigh Acres at one point.

Alex Lifeson (Zivojinovich) — The longtime guitarist for the Canadian band Rush lived in Naples before moving more than a decade ago. He left not long after Collier County sheriff's deputies arrived at the beach-side Ritz-Carlton during a 2003 New Year Eve's party and used Tasers to subdue his son, Justin. Lifeson's son later sued and settled out of court. Rush has scored numerous rock hits, such as "Limelight," "Tom Sawyer" and "Spirit of the Radio."

Dominic Fike — The Naples native this past summer dropped his debut album, "What Could Possibly Go Wrong." It follows singles that hit big, including "3 Nights" with the video on YouTube alone garnering 33 million views. Fike in 2018 signed a reported $3 million to $4 million contract with Columbia Records. And in a summer interview with the News-Press, he said he attended Naples, Estero and Palmetto Ridge high schools. He now lives in Los Angeles.

"I miss Naples, and I love it so much," he said.

More:Former Bad Company singer Brian Howe, dead at 66 of a heart attack

Brian Howe — The former Bad Company singer who died in May lived on Fort Myers Beach for years before moving to Lake Placid, Florida. Howe succeeded Paul Rodgers as lead singer, and sang on the 1990 hit "If You Needed Somebody."

John C. Lodge — Just a bassist and singer in a rock ‘n’ roll band, the longtime Moody Blues member lived in Bonita Springs before moving to a high-rise condo in North Naples along the Gulf. The Moody Blues, who entered the Rock Hall a few years ago, had hits including "Tuesday Afternoon," "Wildest Dreams" and "Nights In White Satin."

Estero, Florida, musician Ben Allen performs during Battle Rounds on Nov. 16, 2020, on NBC's "The Voice."

Ben Allen — Known primarily to Southwest Florida music fans as the frontman for the Ben Allen Band, he gained national fame this fall when he was a contestant on NBC's "The Voice." A Tennessee native, Allen made it to the final nine performers before voters did not choose for him to move on but not before his sining led pop-rock star Gwen Stefani to proclaim that "America is falling in love with Ben." 

Rickey Medlocke — An original drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Jacksonville native lives in Fort Myers. He's more well-known as the guitarist and frontman for another Southern rock band, Blackfoot. He still performs as a guitarist with the current Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup.

More:Part-time North Naples resident Ted Nugent talks music, politics, Trump, food, more

Ted Nugent — The Motor City Madman and his wife, Shemaine, own a Gulf-side penthouse condo in North Naples. Ted Nugent — who has charted a path as an avid hunter with political activist — continues to tour and plays his hits, from "Cat Scratch Fever" to "Stranglehold." He lists Grouper & Chips as among his favorite restaurants in town.

Ted Nugent performs during the Sonic Baptizm Tour at Atlanta Symphony Hall on Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Atlanta.

Fame on Fifth

They may not live here, but rockers still check out downtown Naples when they're in town for a concert or just vacationing.

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith in August 2015 visited Wind in the Willows, a Bohemian women's clothing store on Fifth Avenue South. Store workers said the rock 'n' roller bought a few items including a leather jacket and some Old Gringo custom-made leather boots, as stated in a Naples Daily News story.

Earlier that year, Harry Connick Jr. found his way to Fifth, posing for photos with Vincenzo Betulia, chef and owner of Osteria Tulia and Bar Tulia. Connick was in town for a concert at Artis—Naples.

"Look who stopped in for a bite to eat tonight!! The one and only was our pleasure having you here tonight." Betulia wrote in an Instagram post.