Rock stars are famously adept travelers, taking on a new major city each night. They are notably skilled at leading nomadic lifestyles, and figuring out innovative ways to live out of suitcases for months at a time, while maintaining that sense of fun, excitement and glamor that turned them into celebrities in the first place. Not everyone needs a Jacuzzi in their limousine to explore a new city (though our stylish luxury vehicle rentals may not be a bad way to go) when there is so much inspiration to be found in the locations themselves. When rigorous touring stops, many of the musical elite have favorite places where they go to recharge. Here are some of our favorite places to travel like a rock star in Europe:
Amsterdam: Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend)
Amsterdam receives numerous celebrity visitors for its famous nightlife, but a trip here doesn’t need to be composed entirely of decadence. There is plenty of fresh air to be found as one explores the gorgeous canals and soaks in the charming, tulip-adorned atmosphere of this historic city. One famous visitor of Amsterdam is Ezra Koenig, of the popular indie band Vampire Weekend, who says, “I always have fun bike riding in Amsterdam.” He is not alone in this opinion, as Amsterdam is famously one of the most bike-friendly cities on earth. There are approximately 300 miles of lovely bicycle paths in this Netherlands city which boasts more bicycles than residents. Imagine careening among the charming historic streets with a gentle breeze in your face and not a care in the world. It’s easy to understand why a road-weary rock-and-roller would be attracted to the cheer and delights of Amsterdam!
A good number of famed musicians have hung their hats in the city of London, including Phil Collins, Sir Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and Noel Gallagher (of Oasis). Among the most unique of these is the iconic Icelandic singer, Bjork, who found that the city supports her freedom for total avant-garde expression. In this cosmopolitan city, an artist is free to wear anything she may choose, however whimsical, with hardly a blink from the sophisticated locals who are accustomed to the stunning people-watching that the city has to offer. While Bjork has since returned to Iceland with her family, she continues to participate in creative projects in jolly old England.
Paris: Joni Mitchell
To go to Paris is to fall in love with it, so there were a good number of qualified artists that I could have used to invoke the romance of the City of Lights. That said, the sweetest voice I could call on was that of Joni Mitchell, a Canadian chanteuse, who in 1974 produced “Free Man in Paris” about a vacation to France which had made her feel “unfettered and alive.” Vacation is all about finding relief from the usual stresses of day to day life. This can definitely occur while you “wander down the Champs Elysées, going café to cabaret” as many starry-eyed travelers have before you.
Cabo San Lucas: Sammy Hagar
In so much as a touring musician and entrepreneur can have a home, former Van Halen front man, Sammy Hagar, has made his in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It’s no wonder, when you consider the idyllic weather, sapphire seas and dramatic Land’s End arch. Visitors and residents alike find inspiration in this city’s rolling waves and desert dunes. Hungry fans hoping for a taste of the rock and roller’s dream lifestyle are in luck: It was in this seaside city that enterprising Hagar launched a premium tequila brand, Cabo Wabo, and a restaurant and cantina of the same name. There is so much in Cabo San Lucas to nurture a true rock-and-roller’s lifestyle.
Tokyo: Gwen Stefani
Pop-punk princess and style icon, Gwen Stefani, departed from her Southern California roots and found inspiration in Tokyo, Japan. In the creative DIY culture of the artistic Harajuku District, she found inspiration for future fashion and musical ventures. Tokyo is, indeed, an exciting place to visit. Tokyo is a city that takes on two paces: You can find deep serenity within the traditional Shibuya shrine, or fast-paced excitement among the high-rises of the Shinjuku district, which houses many groundbreaking clubs, boutiques and eateries. A number of famous rock and roll moments have also occurred in Tokyo, including the Runaways breakout tour when girl power first entered rock music. The city also hosts a hearty local music scene of its own, with a fantastic array of J-rock bands.
St. Tropez: Seemingly Everyone
More than half a century ago, the notoriously bodacious French actress Bridget Bardot put a little beachside community on the map when she donned a bikini for “And God Created Woman”. Ever since then, it would seem that the A-list celebrity club membership includes a yacht slip in this gorgeous Mediterranean harbor. In recent years, St. Tropez has been a favored haunt for the likes of Beyonce and Jay Z., Rihanna, Avril Levigne, Elton John and Bono. Considering the easy-breezy beach culture and the abundant old-world glamor of the French Riviera, it’s easy to understand why!
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