Fans who follow the metal band Limp Bizkit might not think that the music of Michael Jackson would be a natural fit during one of their live shows. Nor might they expect that former child actor Corey Feldman, dressed up as the late King of Pop, would have a place either.
They would be wrong.
On Friday, Feldman (a longtime friend of Jackson's who went on to appear in such films as "Stand By Me," "The Goonies" and "The Lost Boys") popped up at Bizkit's House of Blues show on Friday wearing a fedora and sparkling white glove reminiscent of Jackson, and launched into "Billie Jean."
"Ladies and gentlemen, Corey Feldman f------ you up tonight," singer Fred Durst announced after the song, reported Radio.com. The band and Feldman later duetted on George Michael's "Faith," a song the band has been known to perform live frequently.
Durst and Co. were clearly happy to have Feldman on hand; afterward they Instragrammed a picture of him in full regalia; Durst wrote: "My old school soldier @corey_feldman busted out tribute to @michaeljackson at our LA concert/party! Classic"
Feldman himself was fully into his act; he tweeted video of the songs, writing "Here as promised is that video of my surprise performance on Fri :)" and later sent out another Tweet from Saturday featuring him at a performance at an outdoor screening of "Stand By Me" in Los Angeles. In the tweet, he noted that Jackson's former guitar tech now works for him.
Feldman's hobby as a Jackson tribute artist would be unusual on its own; based on his history with the singer it borders on bizarre. The pair were friends while Feldman was a young actor, and in 2005 Feldman said that Jackson did inappropriate things when they were friends, such as looking at a book of nudes with the then-teenaged Feldman.
But he denied being abused by Jackson. In 2008, Feldman told People that Jackson had hurt him by abruptly dropping him as a friend as he got older.
"He did real damage in my overall life," Feldman said then. "The biggest thing that Michael's done to children is befriending the ones that are in need and then abandoning them."
But at some point he began appearing as Jackson, showing up at his memorial in costume. He also dedicated a Los Angeles hospital concert with his band Truth Movement to Jackson, telling People at the time, "I don't think I have fully, completely come to terms with (his death) yet. I have waves and flashes. One moment, I feel fine and I'm myself. Then all of a sudden, it hits me, and I go, 'Wow, he's really gone. It's very troubling.' "