Who are SW FL musicians in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?


This Dec. 11, 2009 file photo shows the late Donna Summer performing at the Nobel Peace concert in Oslo, Norway.

The newest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be inducted in a few months and won’t include any Southwest Florida musicians.

Yet our region is still well‑represented with current and former residents who have achieved rock immortality.

The 2023 inductees are Kate Bush, Sheryl Crowe, Missy Elliott, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine and The Spinners. The ceremony is Nov. 3 in Brooklyn, New York.

Here’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers with SWFL connections.

Bob Seger true Midwest snowbird

Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band performs on stage at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Like many Michiganders (yes, that’s what we’re called from my home state), Bob Seger has been flocking to Southwest Florida for years. The connection makes sense because Interstate 75 runs through Collier County and — about 1,000 miles later — hits the Michigan‑Ohio border, then travels directly north into Canada. He’s lived part‑time in a Gulf-side condo and even said during his 2015 soldout show at Germain (now Hertz) Arena in Estero: “I get to play one of my hometowns. We feel right at home here.” Seger has penned and recorded numerous songs, including “Against The Wind,” “Hollywood Nights,” “Old Time Rock & Roll” and “Still the Same.” Seger, 78, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Queen of Disco Donna Summer enjoyed Neapolitan

Donna Summer's ascension from club music star in Germany to mainstream breakout in America is explored in her HBO documentary.

Donna Summer moved to Naples in 2000 and lived here until her death in May 2012. She created and sold paintings before dying in her home from lung cancer at 63 even though she was a nonsmoker. Summer was 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.

AC/DC’s Cliff Williams longtime Lee County resident

Cliff Williams of AC/DC performs at Nationwide Arena on Sept. 4, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Dinner at Sea Salt with Williams is one of the Naples Winter Wine Festival online lots.

The AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams 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.” Williams became a Rock Hall member with AC/DC in 2003.

Moody Blues co‑founder John C. Lodge lives by the Gulf

John Lodge of the Moody Blues performs during a concert at the Louisville Palace.
Mar. 30, 2016

Just a bassist and singer in a rock ‘n’ roll band, longtime Moody Blues member John C. Lodge lived in Bonita Springs before moving to a high-rise condo in North Naples in 2018. The Moody Blues, who entered the Rock Hall a few years ago, had hits including “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Wildest Dreams” and “Nights In White Satin.” The Moody Blues entered the Rock Hall five years ago.

Rush guitarist left limelight of Naples

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson smiles as he talks about teaming with Gibson Guitars' philanthropic wing Gibson Gives to donate roughly $40,000 to Monroe Children's Hospital and Room in the Inn during an interview at the Gibson Garage Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

Longtime Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson once called Naples home (in Bay Colony or Pelican Bay in past stories) but it’s been a while. 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. The father and son escaped what could have been a lengthy prison sentence when they reached a plea deal on criminal charges and received probatiton instead.

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