"Loews Don CeSar Hotel is a Loews hotel located in St. Pete Beach, Florida, in the United States. Developed by Thomas Rowe and opened in 1928, it gained renown as the Gulf playground for America's pampered rich at the height of the Jazz Age and it still serves as a popular retreat for the rich and famous of today. The hotel was designed by Henry H. Dupont. Loews Don CeSar Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation"
-Wikipedia Full Article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_CeSar
Written by Benmont Tench:
Originally released by Rosanne Cash, 1987. "Why Don't You Quit Leavin' Me Alone"
Tench also played piano/keys on her album.
I like Tench's version the best.
It's pink and white all over and historical as Hell
F. Scott and Zelda stayed here and you and me as well
At least that's how the story goes, the porters like to tell
Same old corner bedroom, seven stories up
That overlooks the window, that overlooks the gulf.
It occured to me listening to this song on Benmont Tench's new solo album You Should Be So Lucky that he was singing about this hotel.
I've never been there, but I have seen it from the road. I thought I would write a little something about it.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played on the roof of this hotel on Sunday, April 21, 1985
(Don CeSar Rooftop; St. Petersburg Beach, Florida).
You can see some of their preformance in this 30 minute documentary on Southern Accents.
By Tom Petty and Steve Hochman
Rolling Stone #562 — October 5, 1989
"July 6th: The Don Cesar, St. Petersburg, 5:00 a.m. (S.H.): The bus rolls up to the hotel. The band is awakened to check in — and to receive the news that the wondrous trash can has not been installed on the bus and there is Chinese food all over the luggage."
"July 7th: The Don Cesar, 9:00 a.m. (S.H.): The tour's only two days old, but already the gang is happy to take a day off at the hotel, a gorgeous pink edifice rising from the white sands on the Gulf Coast.
Petty sleeps in well past noon, lounging around in his penthouse suite virtually all day. Campbell, Tench, and Epstein ogle the extra-healthy young things frolicking by the pool and pick up a few rays. ("I've lost my credibility as a musician," moans Tench, showing off the little color he's acquired.) Only Lynch, in true drummer fashion, indulges in a little physical adventure, going up on a parasail."
"July 7th: Don Cesar penthouse suite, 1:30 p.m. (S.H.): "I was telling Adria how now there's fifty people that go around with us," says Petty. "It used to be just five guys in the band and Bugs [guitar technician Alan Weidel] and Jim Lenahan. But we didn't see Bugs and Lenahan because they were always driving the rental truck. That's how I remember those days. Like, here we are in the motel room, now we're in the dressing room, now we're in the van. And it was always us, always together. And you get to know each other so well. You just don't say anything. You could just raise an eyebrow or a look or one word and you get a whole different language. We had a Vox amp apiece and a drum set, and that was it. We'd put up the amps and drums and play. Probably the way we should still do it.
"It was a strange way to be married," Petty says. "Jane lived there, and I lived everywhere else. The first reason it changed was when I could afford to do it. I think it's probably just growing older. There was a point where I got so attached to especially Kim. I didn't want to miss Kim growing up. And I spend so much time on the road, the idea of sitting alone in a room anymore is … I don't like to be alone. I used to be able to entertain myself endlessly."
Later, Mike Campbell — the other family man in the band, with three kids — mentions that he'd love to be able to bring his family out, too. "I really miss my family," he says. "If I could afford to take them like Tom, I would, though we might go crazy doing it for the whole trip. And if I did bring them out like that, I'd go home with about five dollars." He chuckles. "Maybe I should do a solo album so I could afford a solo bus."
"July 7th: 8:30 p.m. (S.H.): Petty is finally tempted out of the hotel for a sunset walk on the now nearly empty beach with Jane and Kim — the first time since July 4th that he has left his room for anything besides going to a show."