Mickey Thomas, Rob Lowe stood in the fire for this tune from 'Youngblood'
As we close out Movie Week, it does us '80s proud that one of our decades movie stars is still kicking it in TV in 2017. In the past few years, Rob Lowe starred in the underrated comedy The Grinder and the latest season for CBS' Code Black. You can also catch Lowe on the big screen with the just released How To Be A Latin Lover. Today we remember the always youthful Lowe in the video for Mickey Thomas' Stand In The Fire from Youngblood.
With his first big screen credit in The Outsiders, Lowe quickly became a star of youth-oriented films including 1986's Youngblood. Also starring Cynthia Gibb and Patrick Swayze, Youngblood is the story of talented hockey player Dean Youngblood (Lowe) who must prove he has the backbone to fight to make it to the big stage. It also marks one of the first appearances in the movies by 22-year old Keanu Reeves.
In 1986, the long road to success for Mickey Thomas was finally complete. In 1976, he was the faceless lead singer on Elvin Bishop's classic gold song Fooled Around And Fell In Love that has enjoyed a resurgence after being featured in Guardians Of The Galaxy. In 1979, the departure of Marty Balin from Jefferson Starship led to Thomas getting the lead singing gig with the band scoring hits like Jane before morphing into Starship and hitting number one three times in the '80s with We Built This City, Sara and Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.
Mickey Thomas stuck with Starship during the '80s and one of his few solo ventures was Stand In The Fire for the Youngblood soundtrack. The video for Stand In The Fire is a arty slick affair with Lowe, Swayze and Gibb on board to promote the song that did not chart.
In an ironic twist with Thomas singing a song about being able to be tough enough to fight, Thomas' only downtime in the '80s was in 1989 when drummer Donny Baldwin, who was with Thomas in both Elvin Bishop's band and Starship, assaulted Thomas during an argument and broke his skull requiring facial surgery. Despite the beating Thomas took, the singer refused to file charges against Baldwin as the band offered false stories on how Thomas got injured before fessing up to the record company. Baldwin was fired from Starship for his acts. Today there are two Starships, one fronted by Thomas and another that has more members from the original Jefferson Starship era.