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Duran Duran 'Lynches' Unstaged

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Duran Duran will kick-off the second year of “Unstaged: An Original Series from American Express” on March 23rd at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif.

The event (featuring all four original members: Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor) comes one day after their 13th studio album, entitled All You Need Is Now, hits stores.

Duran Duran’s performance will mark the first time an artist within the “Unstaged” music series plays from Los Angeles and the performance will be streamed live on YouTube.

Filmmaker David Lynch (The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive), known for his cinematic style that blends imagery and sound design, has been enlisted to capture the performance.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to experiment with the band,” said Lynch. “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.”

Speaking from a rehearsal studio in London where they are preparing for the ‘Unstaged’ show, lead singer 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. 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 can’t wait.”

Duran Duran’s “Unstaged” performance represents the fourth installment within American Express’ music platform “Unstaged,” which launched in the summer of last year and has featured Arcade Fire, John Legend & The Roots, and Sugarland. The performances collectively tracked more than 30 million total streams.

— Crystal Lynn Huntoon