The first time I ever heard of the Dolls was back in the mid-70's from my older brother, who was into Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter and such. I couldn't have been more than 8 when he had "Too Much Too Soon," only remembering it years later when I bought it myself.
I had many an opportunity to see Thunders back in the '80s, even up until his last appearance in NYC at a big venue (either Irving Plaza or the "new" Ritz) before he died. I passed on all of them. I felt at the time that I would have been contributing to his demise in some strange way by paying to see him perform. Besides, I didn't use drugs at that point and lived through the hardcore scene in the '80s. Needless to say, a year after he died, I was living on the Lower East Side with my then-husband and who ended up becoming one of my closest and dearest friends but Kreg, perhaps the biggest Thunders fan to ever have walked down St. Marks. Hanging out with Kreg on a daily will turn anyone into a Thunders' aficionado.
Although sometimes I regret never having seen Johnny live, I still have the same beliefs and my reasons remain. Given another opportunity, I probably wouldn't change a thing.