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Steve Buscemi to direct Vampire Weekend live stream

Steve Buscemi to direct Vampire Weekend live stream

Steve Buscemi is to direct a live stream of a Vampire Weekend concert, which takes place at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on April 28.

The gig launches the fourth series of American Express Unstaged and will be streamed via VEVO and YouTube. Previous episodes of the programme have featured the likes of Usher, Jack White and The Killers, whose concert was directed by filmmaker Werner Herzog.

In a statement, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig described Buscemi as "a wonderful actor, a NYC legend and a great director." Buscemi has directed several episodes of the US drama The Sopranos as well as four feature films, including 1996’s Trees Lounge.

Last week, Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio revealed that Buscemi was a distant cousin of his. Writing on the band’s official Twitter account, they revealed that the Boardwalk Empire star was "very excited" about the discovery.

Buscemi was also spotted with the band at the New York Easter Bonnet festival this weekend, where he sung the group’s latest single "Diane Young" through a loudhailer.

It was recently reported the release date of Vampire Weekend’s third album Modern Vampires Of The City has been pushed back a week due to “unexpected delays”. The record will now be released on May 14.


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