The 27 Club
27 Club members
- Robert Johnson — One of the founding musicians of blues and rock & roll. He’s famous for a folk-legend where he did a deal with the devil. He died in August 1938.
- Brian Jones — The original founder and leader of the Rolling Stones. In July 1969, he was found at the bottom of his swimming pool.
- Alan Wilson — Guitarist of the psychedelic blues-rock band Canned Heat. In 1969 Wilson overdosed on barbiturates.
- Jimi Hendrix — Before Hendrix died, he took some sleeping pills called Vesparax. He died later on a warm and cool night on September 18, 1970.
- Janis Joplin — The last song Joplin sang before her death was “A Woman Left Lonely.” Later on that night, she died of a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970.
- Jim Morrison — The lead singer of the Doors His death is a mystery fueled by conspiracy theories, July 3, 1971. Morrison’s death is another critical moment where fans began to postulate the idea of a 27 Club.
- Ron “Pigpen” McKernan — One of the founding members of the Grateful Dead. He died on March 8, 1973.
- Pete Ham — The lead vocalist for the 1970’s rock band Badfinger. Ham fell into depression. Three days before his 28th birthday on April 24, 1975, Ham hung himself.
- Chris Bell — He, along with Alex Chilton fronted the power pop band, Big Starr. In December 1978, Bell crashed his car into a pole while coming home from band rehearsal. He died instantly.
- Jean-Michel Basquiat — A pop culture and art-world celebrity icon. He spent the 70’s painting graffiti around the SoHo area of New York City. In 1988, he died of a heroin overdose in his Manhattan art studio.
- Kurt Cobain — He was found dead in his Seattle home on April 8, 1994. Cobain died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
- Amy Winehouse — If there’s a motif in the 27 Club, it culminated with Winehouse’s death in 2011. In July 2011, she died of alcohol poisoning in her London home.
- Anton Yelchin — From 2011 to 2015, Yelchin appeared in 18 films. He’s most famous for his role as Chekov in the widely popular “Star Trek” reboots. He died in a freak accident when his own car pinned him against a brick wall.
References in songs
- “27 Forever” by Eric Burdon, on his 2013 album ‘Til Your Rivers Run Dry
- “27 club” by letlive, on their 2013 album The Blackest Beautiful
- Magenta’s eighth studio album, The Twenty Seven Club. Each track is a tribute to a member of the club.
- “27” by Fall Out Boy, on their album Folie à Deux
- “Brand Name” by Mac Miller, on his album GO:OD AM “To everyone who sell me drugs, don’t mix it with that bullshit, I’m hoping not to join the 27 Club.”
- “Colors” by Halsey “I hope you make it to the day you’re 28 years old”
- “All You Can Do” by Watsky “I tried to join the 27 Club, they kicked me out.”
- “27 Club” by Ivy Levan, released as a promotional single for her debut album No Good
- “Uno” by Rex Orange County “And every now and then I think about the fact that I’d become a legend if I died at 27
- Adore Delano released a song called “27 Club” on her third studio album Whatever
- “Legends” by Juice WRLD “What’s the 27 Club? We ain’t making it past 21.”
- “Rock and Roll Heaven” by The Pretty Reckless on the album Death By Rock and Roll
- “Lifetime Achievement Award The Lemon Demon song “Lifetime Achievement Award,” “Good luck getting into Heaven if you live past 27,”
The curse of Macbeth is commonly referred to as “the curse of the Scottish play”
In order to set off the curse a person has to say the name of the play or a line from the play in a theatre outside of any rehearsal.
Playing the role of Lady Macbeth is dangerous in itself as many actresses have died, been injured or assaulted because of their involvement with the role.
How to break the curse:
- Go outside and run around the theater 3 times or spin in a circle 3 times.
- Spit on the ground.
- Curse or say a line from another Shakespeare play.
- Ask for permission to renter the theatre