Shortly after being cast in a McDonald’s commercial at the age of three, the acting career of Corey Feldman took off. He would not only appear in over 100 television commercials and dozens of television shows as a child, but also act in plenty of classic films. According to IMDB, Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter was Feldman’s third film, predating appearances in favorites like Gremlins, The Goonies, Stand By Me, The Lost Boys, and The ‘Burbs. Feldman has never stopped working as an actor and was recently seen in Sharknado 3: On Hell No! as Aleksandr.
But acting is only one of Corey Feldman’s passions. His band, Corey Feldman’s Truth Movement, released its first album, Love Left, in 1992. The band has followed up with a new full-length album every few years, the latest of which being 2016’s Angelic 2 The Core. In support of Angelic, Feldman is in the midst of a U.S. tour, which includes shows at Pittsburgh’s Hard Rock Café, Virginia’s The NorVa, Baltimore’s Rams Head Live, and New York City’s Highline Ballroom. The New York show on July 16 has the distinction of being on Corey’s birthday, therefore it is a birthday bash.
On behalf of the Inquisitr, this writer had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Feldman. I learned what is to be expected from the aforementioned birthday bash, what is coming up in his acting career, which career accomplishment he is most proud of, and what it takes to be one of Corey’s Angels. More on Corey Feldman can be found at www.coreyfeldman.net and www.angelic2thecore.com.
For someone who hasn’t seen you perform live before, what should they be expecting from your show at the Highline Ballroom?
Corey Feldman: The show is definitely an audio-visual spectacular in general. But the New York City show will be something very special. We are planning on an extended set which will include a tribute to Billy Joel as we are in the home state of one of my favorite artists. On top of that, I am extremely excited to be playing New York on my birthday, because:
- A) I’ve never done a full live concert in Manhattan
- B) I’ve never thrown a Birthday Bash in New York City
- C) We have some very special surprises planned.
What do you remember about the first gig you ever played in New York City? Where was it?
Corey Feldman: This is my first gig in New York City! However, I have played Queens, the Bronx, and Long Island. But the only actual live performances I’ve ever given in New York were on Howard Stern 20 years ago, and The Today Show last September and again in October. With each single appearance we shook up the city and made world news. Let’s hope we can shake it up even more with a full live concert.
— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) May 13, 2017
Do you have a favorite song to perform live?
Corey Feldman: I enjoy every song I perform or I wouldn’t do it. But I guess my favorite songs to perform are always the newest ones. That’s why I’m most excited for the New York show, as we are adding about 30 minutes of material I won’t be performing anywhere else.
Who’s in your band these days? Still only Corey’s Angels?
Corey Feldman: I have put together the most talented group of female musicians in history. I am quite proud of each of The Angels. They are:
- Angel Margot Lane, musical director – She is a multi-instrumentalist and professor of music who teaches music in L.A. She plays guitar, keys, violin, sings, writes, and produces her own music.
- Angel Jackie Von Ruden, bass player – She also plays keys and rhythm guitar, in addition to bass guitar and being a singer and songwriter.
- Angel Courtney Anne, my Maingel (DJAC) – Courtney is the longest member of the band. She is the band’s DJ but also plays piano, keys, and sings.
- Angel Marisa Testa, drums – She is a 20-year old M.I. grad who plays drums, piano, and sings.
- Angel Jimena Fosado, lead guitar – This girl is a breakout guitarist. She’s 21-years-old and also an M.I. graduate. By far the most impressive female guitarist I have encountered, next to Lita Ford, who appeared on my first solo album, Love Left.
What does it take to be one of Corey’s Angels?
Corey Feldman: What we look for in an Angel is:
- A) beauty inside and out
- B) immense talent and ability
- C) reliability, consistency, and dedication to their craft
- D) a spiritual base — all Angels must be positive in nature and have a good disposition toward others
- E) They must be good communicators, and able to talk to the media
- F) They must be honest and reliable. I can’t invest my time into anyone who is not business-savvy and consistent.
Fair. Everyone has a viewpoint and I tried to include as many as I could. If it makes you feel better, this is how much I enjoyed it: pic.twitter.com/ZO4PLGC3lf
— Amy Bartner (@AmyBartner) July 12, 2017
When I interviewed you around 15 years ago, you were promoting the film Bikini Bandits. What is coming up for you on the acting front?
Corey Feldman: I have a new horror film coming out this Halloween season. It’s a modern-day vampire noire, which features Malcolm McDowell, Rutger Hauer, and Dean Jagger. I play a transvestite vampire. It’s going to be brilliant.
Is there an accomplishment of yours that you are most proud of?
Corey Feldman: I would say earning 250 million views in one week in a single performance is definitely ground-breaking for an independent artist with no major label or five-star agency behind me. I also managed to get a Top 40 Billboard hit as an independent artist. These are my proudest achievements in the music field. I’m also quite proud of the work I’ve done in helping all of the Angels become the artists they have longed to be. They are each fulfilling their dreams, I’m proud to be a part of that.
Is there something you wish more people knew about Corey Feldman?
Corey Feldman: Yes, that I’m a peaceful loving man, that has no ego, greed, or selfishness within. I do everything for the betterment of others. Not for selfish reasons. Also, honesty is key for me. And I want everyone to know I am not the party animal the media has painted me to be all these years. I haven’t drank or done hard drugs in almost 30 years.
When not busy with your career, how do you like to spend your free time?
Corey Feldman: Free time? What does that mean? I also have a film coming out I produced about “the two Coreys.” It will premiere on the Lifetime Network in September. Oh yeah, and I like to spend any off time being a good dad.
Do you have a favorite album of 2017?
Corey Feldman: Roger Waters’ Is This The life We Really Want?.
Finally, Corey, any last words for the kids?
Corey Feldman: Don’t let ANYONE tell you that YOU can’t do anything in life. Everything is possible through the power of positive thinking. Believing is the most powerful tool we possess.
[Featured Image by Maggie St. Thomas]