Dee Snider Says Phil Collen Feared He Would Die Like Steve Clark

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider recently responded to a fan’s message through his Twitter account and shed some light on why Phil Collen quit alcohol and how his friend and bandmate Steve Clark’s death pushed him to start a new life.

As you probably know, Steve Clark was the lead guitarist and songwriter of the famous English rock band Def Leppard. He joined the band in 1978 and he met Phil Collen who’d replaced Pete Willis in 1982. The two men got along really well and developed a strong friendship. Soon they came to be known as Def Leppard’s iconic duo and this led to the trademark dual-guitar sound of the band.

Unfortunately, in 1991, Clark passed away due to alcohol poisoning which left millions of people heartbroken. Upon his passing, he ranked Number 27 on the ‘100 Wildest Guitar Heroes’ list of Classic Rock Magazine and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame posthumously in 2019.

Recently, Dee Snider revealed that Phil Collen drank alcohol which surprised some of his fans. Then, Dee Snider said that following Steve Clark’s death in 1991, Collen realized how dangerous it is to abuse drugs and alcohol, and ‘for fear he would follow him into an early grave‘ he quit drinking completely.

A fan said:

“I never ever knew Phil Collen drank? Phil has always been in form! Mean machine.”

To which Dee Snider responded:

“Oh yeah, he did…”

Another fan chimed in and said:

“And after the death of Steve Clark, Phil stopped drinking!”

Dee Snider agreed with his fan by saying:

“I believe that is correct. For fear he would follow him into an early grave.”

You can check out the tweets below.