Corey Feldman and the Angels go 4 it at Oddbody’s

Corey Feldman promises the unexpected at his live show with the angels; photo: Maggie St. Thomas

By Gary Spencer

Prior to September 2016, not many people had Corey Feldman on their contemporary pop culture radar. The former child actor and star of ’80s hit films such as “Gremlins,” “The Goonies,” “Stand by Me,” and “The Lost Boys” had largely been relegated to reality TV appearances and, in some instances, a punchline for his many, off-and-on career and personal discrepancies over the years. But then something happened.

Feldman made an appearance on The Today Show, flanked by a band of anonymous, model-esque women dressed as angels armed with musical instruments not unlike those Robert Palmer music videos from MTV’s heyday. Corey and the Angels then played a song called “Go 4 It” with Feldman dressed in a black monk’s robe with the hood up, singing not all that impressively and dancing like a D-rate Michael Jackson. Despite the overt cheesiness of it all, you couldn’t look away from it. Within 24 hours of said performance, outlet and social media exploded, with seemingly everyone amused, both positively and negatively, by this oddly endearing performance. Since then, Feldman’s album Angelic 2 the Core has become his first hit album on Billboard, and his tour dates have been selling out all across the country.

Feldman’s appearance on The Today Show was the first indication for much of the world that the former child actor had directed his career into the music business. But according to Feldman, his work in music goes back much further than one might expect.

“I’ve been singing as long as I’ve been acting at the age of 3,” he says. “I would go on auditions and the way I would get parts would be if I sang. My mom would lock me in a room, and I would basically be forced to memorize songs.”

In 1993, Feldman released his first album of original material, and since then he has released several albums both as a solo artist and with his rock band, Truth Movement. But when the time came recently to start work on another record, Feldman had an epiphany about what to do with it—for a cause he apparently believes in wholeheartedly. Thus, Corey’s Angels, the company and the angelic band, were born.

“I had just gone through a broken marriage, so the catalyst was just being a single guy dating,” Feldman explains. “I started hanging out at the Playboy Mansion, so I met a lot of beautiful, talented women who didn’t know what to do with [that talent] because they suffered from this psychological beatdown… because they were beautiful, they were being discriminated against since nobody would take them seriously or give them a chance to show off their talents. Since most beautiful women are picked on and made to feel bad about themselves, it became my mission to create Corey’s Angels, a company where I can help young female artists become the artists they wanted to be by not discriminating [against] and judging them because they were beautiful.

“So when we started making the album Angelic 2 the Core, it wasn’t like, ‘Hey, let’s do a big angel album,’” he continues. “But I started writing songs and I got the idea that everything tied together with this angel theme, so I started bringing in some of the Angels to record. It turned into this organic thing, so I thought, What better way to represent my company than to find the most amazingly talented group of female artists and put a band together?

Since their televised debut, Corey and the Angels have been a hot topic of discussion, with some people writing it off as a high-profile prank not to be taken seriously, often giving scathing criticism, calling the group and its music all flash and zero substance. Feldman himself is aware of the derision but chooses to focus on the positive.

“I accept that people are going to immediately assume when they see a hot girl dressed in a sexy outfit that there’s no depth there and she can’t possibly be talented,” he says. “This whole tour is a kick in the face to the popular trend of thinking hot girls are dumb and shallow. That thinking is unequivocally outdated, so let’s break that barrier down and have the same girls looking sexy but showing off their incredible skills.”

While this kick in the face to what he sees as an unfortunate societal norm forms the basis of Feldman’s current tour with the Angels, he promises a live show with much more than simple sex appeal.

“I would say the experience is a musical journey—it’s like a Broadway musical,” he says. “When they see me dance and what the Angels can do, minds are blown. Every girl you see on stage is a multi-instrumentalist, and each girl has a feature. We’re also taking people through different songs from my film career—we show a lot of my film clips, plus there’s a Michael Jackson tribute and Corey Haim part of the show. We’ve got bubbles, light-up costumes, and everything. It’s not going to be what you expect.”

Corey and the Angels play Monday, July 3 at Oddbody’s, 5418 Burkhardt Rd. in Dayton. Tickets start at $30 in advance. Show is at 5:30 p.m., doors at 5. For tickets and more information, please visit Angelic2TheCore.com and Oddbodys.com.

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Gary Spencer is a graduate of Miami University and works in the performing arts, and believes that music is the best. Contact him at GarySpencer@DaytonCityPaper.com

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