Dee Snider Says He Never Wanted To Join Jim Morrison And The 27 Club
Former Twisted Sister lead vocalist Dee Snider recently joined an interview with Louder Sound and talked about being a rock star. Snider revealed that he never wished to be like Jim Morrison and a member of the 27 Club.
The 27 club has become an urban myth referring to many famous musicians and artists who died at 27. These celebrities’ reasons for death were often related to their battle with addiction, homicide, or suicide. The club is not an official organization but just a cultural phenomenon that documents the deaths of celebrities.
The club includes numerous successful rock musicians such as Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and Jimi Hendrix. Along with these names, the Doors’ Jim Morrison was another rocker who died at 27. Morrison had become a prominent figure with his vocal and unpredictable stage performances. He impressed the audience with his voice and wild personality.
Unfortunately, the rocker was found dead in the bathtub at the apartment he rented in Paris on July 3, 1971. His cause of death was reported as heart failure, although it was not confirmed by autopsy. He passed away two years after the death of Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones and nine months after the deaths of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
Recently Dee Snider brought the 27 Club on the agenda mentioning Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. He stated that he did not want to be a part of 27 Club and join Morrison or Hendrix. The rocker shared that when he first drank alcohol, he was 14 and swore he would never drink again after that day. As he revealed, he always wanted to be a ‘survivor.’ Snider noted that although he does not have incredible experiences to tell like other rock celebrities, he is happy to be alive and still be able to share his stories.
Dee Snider said the following:
“I never wanted to join the ’27 Club’; I didn’t want to join Jim Morrison or Jimi Hendrix as a cool dead star; I wanted to be a survivor, not a statistic. The very first time I drank, at age 14, I drank myself into a stupor, and I swore off demon alcohol after that.
I have an obsessive personality, and I recognized that I couldn’t be trusted with alcohol or drugs. Thank God I didn’t go down that path. I didn’t have some of the great experiences that other out-of-control rockers have, but I’m still here to tell my own stories.”
Amy Winehouse died at 27 in 2011, and the media started talking about The 27 Club again. Winehouse had expressed concerns about dying at this age three years before her death. Besides musicians, several television stars have also passed away at the age of 27.