Stevie Nicks’ Terrifying Flirtation With The Deadly 27 Club

Stevie Nicks released ‘Rock a Little’ in 1985, and she was met with commercial success, supported by three hit singles. Nicks went on tour for her album until the following year. She also performed with Bob Dylan and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers during their tour in Australia.

However just before she went on tour a plastic surgeon laid out to the singer all her severe health problems if she did not quit cocaine. In a 2009 interview with ‘The Chris Isaak Hour’ she retold the conversation she had with her surgeon that stopped her in her tracks. She recalled:

“I said, ‘What do you think about my nose?’ And he said, ‘Well, I think the next time you do a hit of cocaine, you could drop dead.'”

After the Australian tour wrapped, Nicks got herself into the Betty Ford Center for a month to sort out her cocaine addiction with professionals. Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix were big musical influences for the Fleetwood Mac singer, so she thought about joining them in the ‘deadly 27 club’ but decided to keep going for all the wanna-be rockers that would look up to her in the future.

Here’s what Nicks’ said in her 2008 ‘Other Side Of The Mirror’ interview:

“I saw how they [Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix] went down, and a part of me wanted to go down with them … but then another part of me thought, I would be very sad if some 25-year-old lady rock and roll singer ten years from now said, ‘I wish Stevie Nicks would have thought about it a little more.’ That’s kind of what stopped me and made me really look at the world through clear eyes.”

Stevie wasn’t the only artist who nearly joined the 27 club but decided otherwise. Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider shared with Louder Sound last summer that he didn’t want to be amongst some of the greatest musicians who passed away too soon such as Jim Morrison. Dee explained why he wanted to prevail by saying:

“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.”

You can read Stevie Nicks’ 2009 interview with ‘The Chris Isaak Hour’ here and watch her 2008 ‘Other Side Of The Mirror’ interview below.