Published Mar 14, 2011Last year, American Express launched Unstaged, a series of webcasts that match up a band with an acclaimed director for a live concert webcast. This has already brought us an Arcade Fire performance shot by Terry Gilliam, a John Legend and the Roots show filmed by Spike Lee and, er, a Sugarland gig by Kenny Ortega. The next instalment in Unstaged has now been announced and it will feature Duran Duran and director David Lynch.
On March 23, Duran Duran will play a show at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles. In a press release, frontman Simon Le Bon said, "We are all beyond delighted that David Lynch has agreed to direct this show for us. It's a dream come true, quite frankly. We are all such fans of his work and think he has a creative vision like no other."
As for what we can expect from the man behind Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive and The Elephant Man, Lynch said, "The idea is to try and create on the fly, layers of images permeating Duran Duran on the stage. A world of experimentation and, hopefully, some happy accidents."
The performance will contain some special interactive features. Viewers at home will be able to choose their own "Lynchian" lenses, as well as tweet questions to #amexduranduran for a pre-show interview with the band. There will also be a pre-show segment directed by Lynch and fans can submit their photos to the director for use in an on-stage display. Click here for more details.
The concert will start at 7 p.m. PST (that's 10 p.m. EST) and will be broadcast live via Duran Duran's VEVO. The band are currently supporting their latest LP, All You Need Is Now, which drops in physical formats on March 22.
As for David Lynch, he recently made a foray into the world of music by releasing his own electronic singles.
See a trailer for the Unstaged webcast below.