-
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Anything can happen at a Corey Feldman concert. In fact, during a Fourth of July performance in Milwaukee, Mr. Feldman inadvertently knocked out his own front tooth with a microphone.

“Everybody freaked out, but I just kept on going,” Mr. Feldman told The Washington Times. “I know a lot of pretentious singers would have run off stage and that would have been the end of the show, but I wouldn’t let that stop me.”


Despite such dental damage, the former ‘80s child star, now 46, is continuing his current musical tour, which brings him to Rams Head Live in Baltimore Wednesday evening.

The show is a mix of songs popular during Mr. Feldman’s 1980s heyday as well as recent original compositions from his latest album, “Angelic 2 the Core.”

“In my world, you focus on choreography. You make it a theatrical experience,” Mr. Feldman said of the show. “We’ve got videos, lasers and even bubbles. It’s a two-hour visual and musical experience.”

Mr. Feldman is backed by a group called The Angels, a troupe of scantily clad dancers meant to draw as much attention as the music — if not more. Mr. Feldman said the difference between his Angels and the backup dancers who gyrated behind Robert Palmer in the video for “Addicted to Love” is that his coterie have actual musical chops.

“The five girls who play with me are extraordinary musicians,” he said. “The Angels have gone through different incarnations. I’ve always been about making things as good as they can be.”

This musical chapter is Mr. Feldman’s latest attempt to remain in the public consciousness. He survived not only flagging Hollywood popularity as he transitioned from child star to young man, but also drug addiction and the loss of his friend and frequent co-star, Corey Haim, in 2010 at the age of 38. The duo, known colloquially as “The Coreys,” made several films together, and even documented their adult struggles in the reality show “The Two Coreys,” which ran for two seasons on A&E.

“I’ve been through so much,” Mr. Feldman said. “I’ve lived through the good and the bad. I never stop.”

Mr. Feldman’s role model for his own work ethic was his good friend, the iconic Michael Jackson.

“Nobody worked harder than Michael,” Mr. Feldman said. “But it wasn’t just Michael. When you look at who came out of the ‘80s, it was about working hard on your craft.”

It’s perhaps little surprise that Mr. Feldman recalls fondly on the Reagan era, when he co-starred in such ‘80s staples as “Gremlins,” “The Goonies,” “The Lost Boys,” “License to Drive,” “The ‘burbs” and even the horror sequel “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” — which was anything but the end for that franchise.

“When I look back at the films I made, I have no idea why one movie resonates and another doesn’t,” Mr. Feldman said. “But what I do know … is that it was a good time. It was light and happy.

“There was also much less darkness in the world. There was less cynicism. People were really courteous back then.”

Mr. Feldman also bemoans President Trump’s Twitter tantrums and coarse language.

“Look at how Donald Trump talks about women and race. If it’s fine for our president to be so derogatory, apparently it’s fine for everybody to follow his lead,” Mr. Feldman said. “But you can’t let that bother you. You go out there and create and perform.”

What many people who know his name don’t realize, Mr. Feldman said, is that he was in fact a musician from the beginning of his career, and this current endeavor is not something he opted to try out as a middle-aged stage in his own arc.

“I’m a musician as well as an actor,” he said. “There are a lot of negative singer-songwriters out there, but I’ve never been into that.

“I sing about the good since there is plenty of it. Trust me on that.”

Corey Feldman & The Angels perform Wednesday at Rams Head Live in Baltimore. Tickets are $17 to $22 by going to AXS.com.


Copyright © 2017 The Washington Times, LLC.