Nfld. & Labrador

Performance pays tribute to infamous 27 Club

A group of local performers, including Kelly-Ann Evans and Jody Richardson, are travelling to Arts and Culture Centres across the province in a production that honours the lives and careers of musicians who died at 27.
Kelly-Ann Evans and Janet Cull will be performing the music of Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse in Forever 27, a tribute to musicians who died at age 27. (Facebook)

A group of local performers, including Kelly-Ann Evans and Jody Richardson, are travelling to Arts and Culture Centres across the province with Forever 27, a production that pays tribute to famous musicians who died at 27.

Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse — these artists all belong to the infamous 27 Club.

"They're heart-wrenching stories," Evans said in an interview with CBC Radio's Corner Brook Morning Show

"Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died within a year ... I know it's cliche to say but they really changed the musical landscape. They were artists that had huge impact."

Evans said the musicians were "victims of their own success," dying in their 20s as a result of drug or alcohol abuse fuelled by their fame. 

Despite their untimely deaths, Richardson said the artists all had remarkable success at young ages.  

"You look at Jimi Hendrix, [his] early blues stuff and then advancing to Electric Ladyland, Axis: Bold as Love ... [they were] really game-changing things and they weren't even 30."

"I'm almost 50 and I'm still trying to get up on the right side of the bed," Richardson joked. 

Cross-island tour

Singer Janet Cull will join Evans and Richardson in the Forever 27 production.

Evans said she'll be taking on the music of Janis Joplin, while Cull will perform Amy Winehouse tunes and Richardson will perform as Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. 

"There's something for everyone," Evans said

Other performers include Denis Parker covering Robert Johnson, Darrell Cooper doing Jimi Hendrix and Kalem Mahoney covering Jim Morrison.

The group performed in Gander and Corner Brook on Thursday and Friday. 

Two additional performances will take place in St. John's on Nov. 13 and 14. 

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.