Kicking off American Express’ second annual “Unstaged” music series, Duran Duran will hit the stage on March 23rd to celebrate the release of its 13th studio album, All You Need Is Now. The online broadcast of the performance will be streamed live on YouTube, courtesy of Vevo. The beautiful twist? Legendary filmmaker David Lynch will lurk behind the lens.
We are all beyond delighted that David Lynch has agreed to direct this show for us,” frontman Simon LeBon insists in the press release. “Its a dream come true quite frankly. We are all such fans of his work and think he has a creative vision like no other. In talking to him about what he is planning, we all believe this live-streamed performance is going to look nothing like anyone has ever seen before. We cant wait.
Whether or not we’ll see red curtains, covers of Roy Orbison, a multitude of strobe lights, slow motion vignettes, or random on-stage cameos by Chris Isaak and/or Kyle MacLachlan, we’ll have to wait and see. However, expect some interactive online activities, including a unique collaboration with Lynch in an on-stage and online art installation, using user-submitted photos which will be showcased on surreal displays throughout the night. (Try submitting this!) What’s more, fans will also have the opportunity to tweet questions to Duran Duran (#amexduranduran) in hopes to get them answered in a pre-show interview. It’s going to be a night to forget in a hazy dream.
This performance marks the fourth installment under the American Express Unstaged” banner. Launched last summer, the program has seen acts such as Arcade Fire and John Legend & The Roots take the “online” stage. Stay tuned for more artists and announcements, as VEVO plans to bring this series “to an even higher level in 2011.” Exciting.
Just so you can mark your calendars: The Duran Duran 2011 American Express Unstaged kick-off performance will be live-streamed on March 23rd from the Mayan Theatre in LA at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT at www.YouTube.com/DuranDuranVEVO.
Remember to bring your Candy Colored Clowns!