Spike Lee to direct John Legend and The Roots webcast

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Spike Lee ( Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing) is set to direct an upcoming webcast featuring John Legend and The Roots, according to a September 14 press release. Scheduled for September 23, the interactive webcast will feature a live stream of the artists' concert from live music venue Terminal 5 in New York City.

The webcast will be the second in a series that began with Arcade Fire's recent Terry Gilliam-directed webcast from Madison Square Garden. Like that live-streamed event, the upcoming webcast will feature interactive options for viewers, including opportunities to choose camera angles, vote in real time for one song to be performed, and send questions via Twitter to Legend and The Roots for the chance to have them answered during an online pre-show.

The concert and webcast will coincide with the release of John Legend and The Roots' Wake Up!, the artists' collaborative album of covers on the themes of awareness and engagement that also features the original track "Shine." That album is due for release on September 21.

The "Unstaged" series, a joint offering from American Express, VEVO, and YouTube, is planned to include five livestream concerts in all; other participating artists and directors will be announced in the coming months.

For updates on the performance, including news on surprise musical guests, follow American Express on Twitter @AmericanExpress.

The webcast will be streamed live on September 23 at 9:00pm EST at:
http://www.youtube.com/johnlegendvevo

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