Tim Cappello still believes …. Photo by Steve Dolinsky.

For decades, Tim Cappello served as a sideman and multi-instrumentalist sharing stages, recording, and acting with a laundry list of celebrities, including Tina Turner, Ringo Starr, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, Billy Crystal, Carly Simon, Gregory Hines, and more. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with renowned improv jazz pianist and instructor Lennie Tristano. His early ’80s shock-rock band the Ken Dolls were banned from playing Manhattan’s famed CBGB punk dive due to the softcore porno flicks he created to accompany their live shows.

Cappello’s life and musical career are the stuff of legend, yet everything he’s accomplished pales in comparison to the notoriety he gained from the mere 12 seconds of screen time that he landed in director Joel Schumacher’s 1987 teen-angst vampire classic The Lost Boys. With his pro-wrestler physique, wailing saxophone and a pelvic thrust that registers on the Richter scale, Cappello is a pop culture icon known to most as the real Sexy Sax Man.

Since releasing his 2018 debut CD, Blood on the Reed, Cappello has been touring the country as a one-man act. At 64 years old, it’s his first real endeavor taking the stage as the star of the show. Along the way, he’s encountered an overwhelming response from audiences, surpassing anything he could have possibly anticipated.

“No one seemed to care about me when I was their age,” Cappello says. “Then, no one gave a shit about me when I was their father’s age. But now that I’m their grandfather’s age, I’m meeting all of these young people that have tattoos of me,” he laughs. “Since I’ve been out on the road, I must have met 150 people who have a tattoo of me on their bodies.” Continue reading at Flagpole.


One thought on “‘The Lost Boys’ actor Tim Cappello is the real Sexy Sax Man

  1. Hey Tim. We used to train together at WSBB on 75th & Bdwy, when we both pretty much started training around 1980. Saw you the next year at CBGB. Was very proud to turn on the TV a decade or two later and see you on stage with Tina Turner. (This is Chuck, the college hockey player with the Roger Daltry hair at the time who squatted a lot back then.) Married a wedding singer/stripper who got a nice Newsday review covering a Tina Turner one-woman show in Beehive the Musical. She’s doing Ms. Saigon this summer at New Hampshire summerstock. Congratulations on your success…always nice to hear that someone from your past got the success that he deserved.I graduated from law school but became a professional ghostwriter instead of a lawyer…and I’m still skating in an old men’s league in Westchester and instructing novice adults.


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