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Thursday 14 December 2017

Lee to direct John Legend webcast

Spike Lee is to direct a John Legend webcast
Spike Lee is to direct a John Legend webcast

Spike Lee will direct a live webcast of a concert featuring John Legend and the Roots.

The concert, to be held in New York on September 23, is the second part of Unstaged, a live concert series presented by American Express.

The first was an Arcade Fire concert, which went out in a webcast from Madison Square Garden in New York and was directed by Terry Gilliam.

The live stream will be webcast on YouTube, via the music video website Vevo. Various interactive elements will also be offered, including an option for viewers to select their camera view.

"It's not necessarily a Spike Lee joint," Lee said. "It's a John Legend and the Roots joint."

Lee most recently released his second New Orleans documentary, If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don't Rise, but several of his recent films have focused on live performance. Kobe Doin' Work documented Kobe Bryant in a single NBA game, and Passing Strange filmed the Broadway musical.

"I like doing stuff live," Lee said. "Especially with someone like Kobe. I can't stop the game. You got to be ready for almost anything. We can't stop this concert, either. Going to have to go with the flow."

Lee has also previously documented performances by John Leguizamo, Luciano Pavarotti and the comedians of The Original Kings of Comedy.

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