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Unstaged's 2011 Music Series Kicks off with David Lynch directing Duran, Duran

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 15, 2011 at 1:43AM

Unstaged, the music series in its second year, announces the iconic pairing of director David Lynch and Duran Duran. The first installment of Unstaged 2011 will feature a Duran Duran performance in conjunction with the release of their 13th studio album and first official tour since 2008. On March 23, Los Angeles's Mayan Theatre will house the event, which will also live-stream on YouTube at 10 pm. Their album, ALL YOU NEED IS NOW goes out March 22.
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Unstaged, the music series in its second year, announces the iconic pairing of director David Lynch and Duran Duran. The first installment of Unstaged 2011 will feature a Duran Duran performance in conjunction with the release of their 13th studio album and first official tour since 2008. On March 23, Los Angeles's Mayan Theatre will house the event, which will also live-stream on YouTube at 10 pm. Their album, ALL YOU NEED IS NOW goes out March 22.

Tickets to the live event starring the four original band members, Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor, sold out within five minutes of going on sale. Lynch will film the live performance for audiences at home. “I am very excited about this opportunity to experiment with the band…The idea is to try and create on the fly, layers of images permeating Duran Duran on the stage," says Lynch. "A world of experimentation and hopefully some happy accidents." Unstaged's series trailer is below, as well as the video of last year's Arcade Fire performance at Madison Square Garden, directed by Terry Gilliam.

Le Bon says "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.” 

Watch Live, March 23, 2011: 10:00PM ET / 7:00PM PT at www.YouTube.com/DuranDuranVEVO


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.