October 26, 2009
Punk Rocker's Peculiar Death Lures Pilgrims to New Orleans Hotel:
by Richard A. Webster, New Orleans City Business
Room 37 at the St. Peter Guest House in the French Quarter has become a tourist destination and an in-demand room after New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders died there in 1991.
Every year for the past 18 years, punk rock fans from throughout the country have made a pilgrimage to New Orleans. They arrive on the doorstep of the St. Peter Guest House in the French Quarter, asking if Room 37 is available for the night, or if they could just have a look inside.
The small unassuming suite is where legendary New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders injected one last blast of heroin before drawing his final breath at the age of 38.
So about 6 years ago, on April 23, 2002, I posted some photos in Randumb Notes of Johnny Thunders, including one from the 80s where he'd gone a little bonkers with the gear. That was eleven year after Thunders had died. Heres what I wrote:
Great song about Johnny Thunders and all the rumours of him dying with a guitar in his hands in a hotel in New Orleans. Of course that story was all made up to make everyone feel better.