You don’t forget Corey Feldman’s voice.
Not after you watch The Lost Boys every day after school for a year and memorize his “That’s no ordinary piece of paper!” speech from License to Drive.
That’s the voice on the other end of the phone right now. When the former child actor calls, I’m watching a YouTube video of him performing “Cry Little Sister” from The Lost Boys soundtrack to a crowd in Omaha, Nebraska.
“It’s a very difficult song,” he says, no doubt hearing the video in the background. “It kind of needs the right setting.”
It needs the right audience of Lost Boys fans too, and Feldman is pushing himself to make his rendition memorable.
Backed by a quartet of lingerie-clad musicians he refers to as “the Angels,” he screams the titular refrain into the microphone, to which they respond almost as if in a trance—“Thou shall not fall.”
The lyrics are as familiar as Feldman’s vampire-slaying Edgar Frog character in the now 30-year-old horror comedy. What may not be familiar is the sight of the movie star behind a microphone, despite the fact that he’s been a singer for nearly as long as he’s been an actor.
“The very first recording that I have is the 1988 single “Something In Your Eyes” from Dream a Little Dream,” he explains.
“As a little kid, my very first pop hero was Shaun Cassidy,” Feldman says, laughing. “[Cassidy] was cheesy pop, but I was 7 so don’t hold it against me.”
Graduating from Cassidy to KISS, Styx and Journey, the actor—who had yet to break through with The Goonies and Stand by Me—began writing his own lyrics at 13 in the style of another ’80s legend, “Weird Al” Yankovic. “The way that I taught myself to write was creating my own parodies,” he says. “And after I’d written a handful of those, I took it upon myself to write my first song.”
Those early attempts led to “Something In Your Eyes,” which Feldman still has on vinyl, despite it never being officially released on the Dream a Little Dream soundtrack.
His well-documented substance abuse problems were a setback to his musical career, he admits, adding, “all of the material that I recorded between ’89 and ’91 all just kind of disappeared.”
The lessons learned from those experiences can be heard in the music that followed, in songs such as “What’s Up With the Youth” and “Take a Stand.”
Angelic 2 the Core, the 2016 debut album from his band Corey Feldman & the Angels, is about “the battle of good and evil and the fact that I feel we live in very dark times.”
“[My music] is about love and life, it’s always been a positive message. Even going back to the songs from Rock ’n’ Roll High School Forever.” —Corey Feldman
“Through it all, we need to remember our place in the spiritual realm,” he says.
This month, Feldman’s group (which includes his wife, Courtney) will launch an ambitious 40-city Angelic 2 the U.S. summer tour, with its first stop June 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Vinyl showroom in Las Vegas (8 p.m., $25–$100).
The “Cry Little Sister” performance, recorded in March, is from a mini-tour that “was kind of a warm-up to get the band learning such a large amount of material in such a short amount of time,” he explains.
When the band hits the road they’ll be pulling tracks from Feldman’s albums and films, and even the occasional cover, creating what he describes as a “time-travel kind of feel.”
But he promises that audiences won’t see the same show twice.
“We’re going to create chapters,” he says. “We do a couple of songs from Lost Boys, we might have a Rock ’n’ Roll High School section, or an acoustic part, or maybe a section where I just play an instrumental by myself.”
Feldman’s on-stage theatricality, Michael Jackson-esque dance moves—“[Jackson] is where I found my style, before that I wasn’t a dancer,” he says—and the Angels costumes are likely to play better in a darkened club than they did last fall on the brightly-lit set of the Today show.
Here’s a guy who grew up in the spotlight and has had every detail of his personal life run through the tabloid grinder. He’s still standing and still singing.
He brings up the incident without prompting and dismisses the “flack” and negativity that his performance received on social media. But he doesn’t dismiss it angrily, nor does he take a defensive stance.
The only takeaway from the Today show performance: “Everyone up there is doing a multitude of jobs, and I am extremely proud of each and every one of them,” he says.
And that’s when it becomes apparent that Corey Feldman isn’t asking anyone to validate his music career. Here’s a guy who grew up in the spotlight and has had every detail of his personal life run through the tabloid grinder. He’s still standing and still singing.
“[My music] is about love and life, it’s always been a positive message,” he says. “Even going back to the songs from Rock ’n’ Roll High School Forever.”
And when did he realize with confidence that he’s made the transition from Corey Feldman the actor to Corey Feldman the singer?
“I’ll let you know when I get there.”
The First Rock ’n’ Roll Vampire Flick With Teenagers
Corey Feldman on The Lost Boys turning 30
In July 1987, The Lost Boys resurrected a classic horror villain—the vampire—at a time when Freddy and Jason dominated Hollywood’s slasher scene.
The film succeeded with style, a killer soundtrack and comic relief in the form of Corey Feldman’s vampire slayer Edgar Frog, a role he would reprise in two sequels, 2008’s Lost Boys: The Tribe, and 2010’s Lost Boys: The Thirst.
“There was really nothing like [The Lost Boys] before that time,” Feldman says. “Everything outside of that was either a comedy with George Hamilton [Love at First Bite] or Christopher Lee [Dracula] horror.
“They really created something original and one of a kind and I think that’s why it lingers. It was the first rock ‘n’ roll vampire flick with teenagers.”
Corey Feldman & the Angels
June 9, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, $25–100, hardrockhotel.com