Actor Corey Feldman, widely known for his big screen roles in The Goonies, Stand By Me and The Lost Boys and for his TV role in The Two Coreys with his late and longtime friend Corey Haim, in recent years has been a prolific musician with his band Truth Movement.
As the quarter-century mark arrives for his three iconic, coming-of-age films, Feldman brings Truth Movement and his four-city Lost Boys Ball Tour to House of Blues in Mandalay Bay on Saturday. He recently chatted with Vegas DeLuxe ahead of his stop in Las Vegas this weekend.
Don Chareunsy: What inspired you to present the Lost Boys Ball?
Corey Feldman: Well, No. 1, I’m very grateful for the support of Warner Brothers, who have played a part of this House of Blues Tour, as they support the concert. This is about the fans; it is geared toward the fans to celebrate together. We’re at The Goonies’ 25th anniversary and went to Astoria, Ore., where it was filmed, to celebrate. We also went to Santa Cruz for The Los Boys, and the attendance at these events was 15,000, 20,000 for the concert of my band Truth Movement and the movie.
The idea of a movie and concert tour is an untouched market. I think it has a lot of potential, to create a concert and movie in a nightclub setting, so the Lost Boys Ball Tour is an innovation of that -- these four cities are the test market. I have a feeling it will be a tremendous success -- a live, theatrical, interactive experience for fans. A multimedia experience and a costume contest, too.
DC: And it’s four cities -- San Diego, Las Vegas, L.A. and Anaheim -- at the House of Blues?
DC: I loved The Lost Boys growing up -- “Death by stereo!” -- what is one of your favorite memories from shooting the film?
CF: It was the beginning of The Two Coreys. I’ll never forget the day I received a random message from Corey Haim on my answering machine. He was going to be in the film The Lost Boys with me. He was a kid star coming up with the same first name as me. I was annoyed with this kid with the same first name! He said on my answering machine, “Let’s go to the beach and play some football.” It immediately began this bond that became a lifetime. This is an homage to him and our relationship. You can clearly feel his presence. The live show is a dedication to Corey.
DC: Any hints about the Lost Boys sequel The Thirst?
CF: It’s the official return of the Frog Brothers. It’s what Lost Boys fans have been waiting for. It’s something to chew on, so to speak, a 360 return to the hip, cool contemporary vampires -- the rock and roll vampires. We acknowledge Twilight -- it’s out there, it’s popular, and we love and appreciate it. Our fans were ticked off by it because our version is more accurate and true to the mythology.
So we take a few stabs, so to speak, but at the end of the day, I’m glad those movies are popular because it keeps us in business. Fans can see the differential, that vampires are the bad guys. Sure, they might be sexy, hot and fun, but then you need a vampire hunter to take them out!
DC: Are you more focused on music than acting nowadays?
CF: I do it all! Three films a year. I’m working on my fourth album. I’m working on a solo album quietly. We’re about to start a fourth tour. I’ve done seven film soundtracks, eight with this Lost Boys. It’s a duality. I don’t have to or want to make a choice. As an artist, follow your heart and see where the path finds you. I enjoy acting, but I enjoy the musical journey, too -- writing, production, taking it on the road. Truth Movement is a music journey.
DC: You’ve made more than 80 films in your 35-year career. What have been some of your favorite film and TV roles?
CF: The Lost Boys is up there. It has a special place in my heart. It was a character I created. It was my first opportunity as a kid, to go from teenager to adult, who was asked to develop and create a character, an original and organic character: Edgar Frog. I’ve had 20 years to nurture that character, water and watch it flower into an icon of its own. Also this film that has become a cult favorite overseas, The Birthday, in which I portray Norman Forrester. I stepped outside myself to become this other entity. As an actor, I strive for roles with the biggest stretch outside the box.
DC: I recently interviewed Jerry O’Connell. It’s been 25 years since Stand by Me, but do you keep in touch with him?
CF: I wouldn’t say we’re best friends and see each other all the time, but I saw him a few months ago at Comic-Con in San Diego. We have remained friends through the years. We see each other at the Comic-Cons in San Diego and New York. And we’ll run into each other again for the anniversary of Stand By Me.
DC: Is it strange to see yourself in roles as a child and teenager?
CF: No, not at all. My perception of me, in my own perspective, I’m still a big kid. Even though I’m middle age now, I still feel like I’m 12. These films could have been shot yesterday, and I’d feel the same way.
DC: You’re an avid supporter of PETA, animal rights and the environment. What prompted the activism?
CF: It’s in my heart and soul. I’m a huge lover of animals. My mother wasn’t the best, but despite an abusive childhood, we always had a lot of pets growing up. I was basically raised on a farm with horses, chickens, ducks and cats. We did a lot of rescuing. At at early age, I became a vegetarian. There was a lot of resistance from family -- “It will stunt your growth. It can’t be healthy.” But it started on The Goonies with Steven Spielberg. And with Michael Jackson. His chef cooked me my first-ever vegetarian meal. Michael Jackson presented it to me! Going vegetarian at such a young age, it was a stance for myself. “I’m doing it. I don’t believe in eating animals. You can survive in other ways.”
DC: Do you get to Las Vegas very often? What do you like to do when you’re in town?
CF: I do -- I love Vegas! I come there quite often, but I keep myself sparse because it will get you in trouble. I was a heavy gambler in my early 20s. The casinos, it got out of hand with the blackjack tables and slot machines. Now I’m more of a social gambler. It’s for fun and recreation. I’m a poker player, I enjoy playing.
For me, the real fun, though, is the ladies. They’re hot, sexy and everywhere. I have my birthday party every year at the Palms -- crazy, fun, elaborate, extravagant parties. I’ve gone the last eight years in a row for my birthday weekend. It’s ridiculous debauchery!
DC: Final thoughts?
CF: Check out the Lost Boys Ball and Truth Movement. It will be an experience Las Vegas has never seen!
The Lost Boys Ball featuring Truth Movement is at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Admission for the all-ages event is $20 and includes a screening of The Lost Boys, a Q&A and a performance by Truth Movement.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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