Florida of the Day: AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson is a Florida Man

by Joey deVilla on February 7, 2015

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“Florida feels like home,” says Brian Johnson, the man who’s fronted AC/DC since 1980, when he replaced their late singer Bon Scott and debuted with one of the all-time greatest albums in rock and roll, Back in Black. “When I go back to England, I feel like I’m visiting.”

He’s lived in Accordion State for a number of years, in some pretty posh locales. “I went to Fort Myers first and bought a place on the beach. It was to get away from the tax in England, as well. I wanted to live outside of England. The tax was just crippling, just ridiculous. Way above 50%.” Since then, he’s moved to the Sarasota area, to a house that’s known for having a great view and this bit of custom work in the back yard:

brian johnson swimming pool

OF COURSE he has a guitar-shaped swimming pool.

The Sarasota Memorial Hospital has a room in its pediatrics department called the Brian Johnson Music Therapy Room. “It’s for sick children, terminal children. It’s to get them away from the shiny things, the scrubs, the rubber gloves and the needles. There’s guitars, keyboards, drums. Music is good for you.”

Here’s a news clip from 2008, when the room had its grand opening:

Sarasota’s just an hour and a quarter’s drive from Tampa, so there’s always a chance that we could jam:

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

babs March 11, 2017 at 11:40 am

era.this man is incredible, he appreciates things in life that are so difficult for others. he has always been special and he helps others so much your a ledgend brian from avery old friend in the windscreen

babs March 11, 2017 at 11:44 am

brian your a very special man you do so much for people who need help you are a legend and always will be ive followed you for 38years now from your old windscreen mate babs

Peter Siersdale July 3, 2017 at 10:24 pm

Brian Rocks !

Matt July 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm

While Brian Johnson does own a home with a guitar shaped pool, the pool in the photo above is not it. THAT particular pool is at a home in nearby Bradenton, which was listed for sale in 2016 or 2017. Brian’s home is on Bird Key in Sarasota, and if you are handy with Google Earth, you may be able to spot his pool from above. 😉

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