In 1987 Corey Feldman became immortalized on film as one of the beloved Frog Brothers in the cult classic The Lost Boys. Two decades later The Frog Brothers return for the follow up The Lost Boys: The Thirst. Capitalizing on that first bite Feldman is taking the show on the road with a short run of Lost Boys Balls which will feature a screening of the original movie, a sneak peak of the new film, and a live performance from his band Truth Movement followed by a fan Q&A session.
While Feldman’s career exploded in the 80s portraying some of our all time favorite characters from Stand By Me’s Teddy DuChamp to Mouth from The Goonies, it wasn’t always smooth sailing for Feldman. In his own words “it’s been the ultimate of highs, and the ultimate of lows, I’ve had both; sometimes, on a day by day basis.” But throughout his career he’s managed to come out the other side and now everything seems to be falling in to place for him whether it’s with his passion for music and his band Truth Movement or his drive to act.
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Corey before The Lost Boys Ball kick off in Las Vegas. He talked to us about his vision for the event, the highs and lows of his career and his most prized role in life – being a father.
Interviewed by: Melissa Bejer & Mary Ouellette
So the first of The Lost Boys Balls kicked off in San Diego earlier this week, how did the first show go?
Unfortunately, we didn’t have the show in San Diego. It had to be re-scheduled.
It was actually a very sad thing because they had some water damage on the roof because of the heavy rain they were having in San Diego. We don’t have the re-scheduled date at this time but we’ll let you know as soon as we have it. But what that means is that this is a very exciting night because this is the first night of The Lost Boys Ball here in Las Vegas. It’s exciting for two reasons, because number one, this is the first time that I have ever performed in Vegas, so this is a very exciting challenge bringing it up to Vegas par, or so to speak. And number two, because it’s also the first night of the tour, so we have no idea what’s going to happen or how it’s going to work. But, hopefully we have a full house.
Who came up with The Lost Boys Ball concept?
It was basically me and Dave Ockun from Live Nation. What happened was, we did a tour over the summer where we were promoting our new album Technology Analogy and it was a very rough summer for touring. We had some amazing shows, and we had some duds because the market is so tough and the economy is so tough. So we didn’t kill it in every market, but the one’s we were strongest in happened to be surrounding film events. We did The Goonies 25th Anniversary event up in Astoria, OR – we had 2,500 people there who paid $45 a ticket just to see the concert. We did it in this big arena, with 2,500 people, put on a huge production, and it was great. Then we did another one, which was a free concert at the Santa Cruz boardwalk, where we originally shot Lost Boys. We showed the movie, along with the concert, and it was during the day, it was out on the beach on the boardwalk, and that was a free concert and we had 15,000 people there. So we said, okay, there is something here with combining the movie and the concert. Dave and I were on the phone, just kind of throwing things around, trying to see what we might be able to come up with, and he said to me, hey, obviously the movie and the concert thing works, have you ever thought about taking that on the road. And I thought, that’s not a bad idea, maybe we could do that. That’s kind of all where it came from, and the rest is history.
So are you planning on making The Lost Boys Ball an annual event if everything goes smoothly?
The master plan would be that we do these first four events and get a gauge on how well they are working. If they are working well, then I think we would immediately follow that up with a 30 city tour across the country. It’s an opportunity for fans to really get together from both sides of the spectrum. And honestly, nothing like this has ever been done before. This is really creating a new medium, a new platform in entertainment where you can both market a DVD and promote your album at the same time, so you have companies working together for the first time, which is very nice. The other thing about it is if it works well, we would then do the 30 city tour because we get requests from all over the country from people because they can’t make shows in a certain area, people asking us to please bring it here, or please bring it there. And it’s not just this country, we get tons of requests from people in England and Australia, from all over the world. So if the 30 dates happens, and that goes well, then we would expand it and go international and turn it into a global tour. And then, if everything goes well, the plan would be to do another Lost Boys film, do a new album, and really consolidate so that both are released at the same time. Hopefully, we would then create literally a new medium to where we may be able to change the exhibition laws somewhat so that we may be able to screen the new movie at the same time as the new concert and the new album. It would be a really exciting follow up tour.
At The Lost Boys Ball, your fans then get to interact with you in a Q&A session after the movie?
That’s right. Whoever sticks around for the four full hours, if they haven’t had enough yet, that’s when I’ll come down and break down all the walls, and it’s really face to face time.
I was reading that you were in talks with the writer’s to do more Lost Boys films. Is that going to be a go regardless if the interactive experience works?
Yes, but one thing doesn’t really have anything to do with the other. The film we already know has been very successful. The sales have been great on The Thirst, people are very excited. The reviews have been excellent, and people have been praising it. We are all very excited. We don’t know, we don’t have a green light yet so nothing is definite, but we are certainly talking at this point about doing another, and possibly even three more and writing a future trilogy. Of course everything is supply and demand, and it’s all going to coexist within each other, so if it seems the train needs to keep rolling, we’ll keep rolling. If it starts to put on the breaks, then we’ll put on the breaks. And it’s a direct interactive experience with the audience no matter what, because at the end of the day, whether they demand more Lost Boys, more sequels, whether it turns into more sequels or more TV shows, whether it turns into whatever, right now the franchise is thriving. It’s very alive for a bunch of bloodsuckers. Our plan is to keep it coming back.
Would you want to direct any of the Lost Boys sequels?
Maybe, but I don’t think I would do the next one. I think I would wait one more.
Are you working in any other capacity on this ball? Are you producing?
Well, I guess you would say that. I’m not taking any credit, but everything that you are going to see here tonight comes from my vision. I literally put together every single element of this show. So yeah, I’m as involved as anyone could ever be. But it is a collaborative effort, a team of people that work on this show from the musicians to the stage people, to the tour manager, to the vocalist, to the dancers. It’s a full blown theatrical event. And everyone has been working tirelessly, we’ve been working on this for a couple of years now and we’ve developed this ever since our very first show at the Key Club a year ago April, that’s how long this stage show has been developing into what it is today. And as far as the ball itself goes, a lot of the program was decided by Live Nation, so we went through it all and really figured out the timing, what makes the most sense and how we bring it all together.
Do you feel like the Twilight series is helping you with developing this? Or are they sort of totally separate because of the type of audiences that you draw?
I think it helps in some regard, actually two regards. One, I think that it keeps the frenzy for vampires alive. It makes people have this craving for everything vampire, and there’s a lot of that right now. Number two is that it pisses our fans off because they think, we don’t wanna see this, we wanna see like real bad guys, real vampires that we’re scared of, and real heroes to defend people from the vampires. So, what it does is it creates more of a hunger, more of a thirst if you will, for a real vampire movie, and that’s why we’re here. So the Frog Brothers are back, in full effect, and we’re here to reclaim our stake.
Seems like you’ve been in show business forever, since you were three years old, have you started your son in the same aspect down the entertainment path? Or are you just waiting to see what he wants to do?
No, as a matter of fact, I make it my mission to keep him as far away from all this as possible. I don’t believe in children being in the industry. I think it’s a big faux pas, and I think it’s irresponsible of the parents. Essentially, what you are doing is that you’re laying the ground work to take away the child’s choices in life. Every child should have the opportunity to make the life that they want. I didn’t have that opportunity. I was told, you’re well known now. Everybody knows who you are. I just started going to work because my parents started taking me to auditions, took me to the commercial shoots, and the next thing you know, I’m signing autographs. When I’ve hit certain walls throughout my career, where I wasn’t getting work for a while, and I didn’t have any income, it’s not like I could just go and get a job at Walmart. It’s would be like, oh look, it’s Corey Feldman, what’s he doing here? It kind of limits you to what your possibilities in life are. That means you have to drive and drive and drive in life, and keep pushing to make this career, which wasn’t even your choice, sustain. Which fortunately, I have been able to do. But I’m one of the very very very lucky few. Because most of us, and I’m talking thousands of kids out there, they get a little hit, a little bit of success, and they are famous enough where everyone knows their face or their name, but suddenly, no longer are they viable because the industry decides they are done. And now these people have to live in humility for the rest of their lives and try to go back to some kind of normal functioning society. So it’s not fair. I believe every child should have the opportunity to live their own life and choose their own path. And therefore, with my child, I’m going to set an example saying, when you’re 18, and you decide to do this, I will support you 100% and I’ll do everything I can to make you as big as you want to be, but that’s only if that’s your choice, at that time. Until then, be a kid, get an education, and grow up, play with your friends, go to school, you know – that’s what it’s about.
How do you balance such a complicated professional life and being a father? How do you keep your personal life, personal?
It’s rough. Being a dad, especially a single dad, and trying to build a tour and produce a movie, do press, releases, promotion and marketing, and events – it’s a lot of juggling. But at the end of the day, it’s all about my kid. That’s all this is for. The only reason I am working so hard and I’m so determined and so dedicated, it’s not about ego, it’s not about materialism, it’s not about any of those things. It’s all about giving my kid a good future. And making sure he doesn’t have to live the hard life that I had to live growing up because I spent a lot of time being poor. And I spent a lot of time wondering where my next meal was coming from. I don’t want my kid to ever experience that, at least while he’s under my roof and I’m taking care of him. I want to set him up the best I can for his future so that then he can take over and start his own thing, whatever that is.
Is he at an age where he understands what you do? And what fans are?
Absolutely, and he loves it. Except sometimes he’ll say, “Dad, why do you gotta take pictures? C’mon let’s go! I wanna get on the ride!”
And soon it will be, “Dad how can I use this to get a date?”
He won’t have any trouble in that regard. He’s about the most beautiful boy I’ve ever seen. And I’m not being biased. He’s literally, like an angel. He’s like a cherub, he’s got the blonde hair, the blue eyes, the perfect angelic face. And his name is Zen, so just imagine him in high school, “Hey, I’m Zen Feldman.” The ladies kind of already just swarm around him. When he was only a year old, we had him at a water park, and he was sitting on the beach at the water park and he literally had like 6 girls ranging from age 10 years old to 2 years old, circled around him, sitting in a circle, and he’s in the center, very zen like. It was kind of crazy! I have a feeling he will be just fine.
We are coming up on all these anniversaries of some of the classic films you’ve been in like The Goonies and Stand By Me – movies you were in when you were younger, looking back is there anything you wish you had known back then that you know now?
Yeah, how tough things were going to get. I was fairly jaded, not purposely so, but accidentally, because of the fact that I did 18 number one movies in a row. So in my estimation, my reality was, you do a movie, it becomes number one. And I wasn’t a serious actor, I was a kid doing what I was told to do. So all of a sudden, then you hit that wall which I definitely hit, where I couldn’t get work for a while and it was like, well are you a dedicated actor? Look at some of the choices you made. It’s like your school making a permanent mark on your record, once you put it out there, it’s out there. So now I go back as an adult and think, man, I wish I had the opportunity to do this now because I know if I did this movie now, I could do so much more with it. I could do so much better. So you do have those regrets, but at the same time, my life has been a roller coaster. It’s been the ultimate of highs, and the ultimate of lows, I’ve had both; sometimes, on a day by day basis. At the end the day, I don’t regret anything that I’ve done because it’s all been part of life’s experience for me, but it would’ve been nice for me to have the opportunity to choose my own path. But I didn’t, and I’ve moved on and made the best of it and I wouldn’t give my life up for anything because I’ve had the most incredible experiences that people only dream of. I’ve also had the worst tormented moments of hell that anybody could ever fear, but all and all, it’s just another brick in the wall.
Do you have a current passion? Is is music or acting?
It’s all my passion. That’s why I’m here. We’re doing it all because for many years acting was my day job, and music was what I strived and I had to work so hard to get people to notice that I was even doing the music. It took 25 years to get to the point where Live Nation would get behind us for a tour. 25 years is a long time to dedicate yourself to something. That said, I’m also extremely dedicated to both my acting, my producing, my writing and eventually directing more, all of it and I’m full throttle. I’m not going anywhere. I am planning on being here for a long time. I’ve got a lot more to come. I feel like I am only at the tip of the iceberg right now.
It looks like you are embracing social media with Twitter and Facebook over the last few weeks, is that you tweeting or is that someone else?
That’s me. I do everything myself – the blogs, facebook, twitter – all of it. I write it all word for word myself. I don’t ever let anyone else touch it. I think it’s absolutely necessary. The one thing that I attribute my longevity to is my fans. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here today, absolutely, 100%. And the thing that keeps me driving forward is the fans. I could do a lot of different things to make money and set my kid up, but this is for them. Lost Boys is for them. And the reason I am still performing music is for them because they tell me how much they love it and how much they enjoy the shows. That keeps me wanting to give them a bigger and better show, so it’s really about them. And that’s why I am counting on them to be out at these events because without them, we can’t bring it to the rest of the world.
When fans walk out of The Lost Boys Ball tonight, what are you looking for them to take away from this experience?
My wish, my hope is that they have a completely original experience. Something they’ve never experienced before, and actually walk out of the room saying, that was amazing, I’ve never experienced that before. Those are the key words that I want to hear. Whether you love the music, or even you don’t connect to it, that’s okay, because you’re still going to have a good time. The show itself is a fun show. If you’re a fan of The Lost Boys, you’re already there, so there’s no chance you are going to walk out of there disappointed because you get to see the movie, you get to see a sneak preview of The Thirst, and at the very end of the night, you get to ask questions about the movie you might’ve always wanted to hear. So I think that as just a fan of the movie, there is an hour interruption with this concert, either you like it or you don’t. But as a fan of the music, it’s like – okay, we have to sit through a movie that we’ve seen before, but we get to see the most amazing concert we’ve ever seen. So I think it’s really a little bit of something for everybody.