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Legendary concert promoter and Live Nation New York chair Ron Delsener has lived a life in rock ’n’ roll, with a wide circle of famous (and infamous) friends to show for it. Here, he shares his favorite places near his East Hampton home

Ron Delsener (right) with art dealer Larry Gagosian

 

Van Morrison

My favorite local music venue is The Stephen Talkhouse. After Van Morrison played a concert at Jones Beach, I invited him to come to Amagansett right after the show. He was so pissed about the long drive. Jimmy Buffett and Lorne Michaels were meeting us there; I told Van I’d introduce him to some nice Irish ‘colleens’ [pretty girls] and I begged him to get up and sing. Mick Jones got up and played the guitar and Van reluctantly mumbled one song with the band. He’s a musical genius, but a stubborn one at that.” 161 Main St., Amagansett, stephentalkhouse.com

I go to Wiborg Beach, right down the block from me. I’ve got all my Schwinns from the 1950s that I bought at auction, and once in a while I take one down there. Or I take my Prius or my 1957 T-bird that I bought from Penny Marshall. The problem is it’s pink, so I get a lot of stares.”

I have a lot of friends that I like to see at Nick & Toni’s. Mostly creative people, artists and writers. In the summertime it’s a little crazy, so I try to dine there on Monday evenings.” 136
N. Main St., East Hampton, 631.324.3550, nickandtonis.com

“I love Ralph Lauren’s style, especially his knitted sweaters, shoes and sports jackets. The socks are good, too. I like to wear something smart and then shock ’em with the socks.” 32 Main St., East Hampton, ralphlauren.com

 “My favorite thing to do on the beach is to read the latest Tom Wolfe novel—right now it’s his book Back to Blood, about Miami. My friend Edward Villella, who was the choreographer for the Miami City Ballet for more than 25 years, recommended it.” BookHampton, 41 Main St., East Hampton, bookhampton.com

“I collect rare trees—I really relish all things nature. I love my cedars of Lebanon and deodara cedars; I have a golden yellow cypress that’s bright yellow when the sun hits it.” Whitmores Tree Farm, 80 Route 114, East Hampton, whitmoresinc.‌com