Anton Corbijn to Direct Coldplay Live Concert Webcast

Published on October 11th, 2011 by

Anton Corbijn is the latest director to be tapped for American Express’ Unstaged series. Corbijn will direct Coldplay and their performance will be broadcast live from Madrid, Spain. Coldplay will be webcasting their performance from Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid, Spain at 1:00PM PT on Wednesday, October 26 for the American Express’ Unstaged series. The wolrld-wide broadcast will come just two days after Coldplay’s fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto (Capitol Records), hits stores.

The livestream will be available on mobile devices via VEVO and YouTube apps for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android. The Webcast is the latest entry in the American Express Unstaged series, which has previously paired Terry Gilliam with Arcade Fire; David Lynch with Duran Duran; and Todd Haynes with My Morning Jacket.

Corbijn will take charge of the 12 cameras that will be situated around Las Ventas, a famous Spanish bullfighting arena that has previously hosted performances by AC/DC and Radiohead. In a recent interview, Corbijn was enthusiastic about a recent visit to the bullring efusing that it was a “fantastic place” for a rock concert. He also added “My star sign is Taurus, so I was a little hesitant going in there.”

“Usually when you play to 15 or 20,000 people, the arenas tend to be elongated, and this is round and it’s very high up, so there’s a wall of people around you.” said Corbijn. He further added “Spanish people tend to be very enthusiastic at concerts, and you get incredible energy from them. I would prefer it to Amsterdam.”

When asked about Coldplay, Corbijn says he finds them to be “a very uplifting band – I have such a love of good music, that I find even melancholic music uplifting.”

Lead singer Chris Martin said about the event, “Anton Corbijn has been a big hero to us for a long long time so we’re thrilled to be beaming this concert out to the world through his cinematic lens. We can’t wait to share this experience with him and with all of our fans watching.”

After the Coldplay concert Corbijn starts work directing the film adaptation of “A Most Wanted Man,” the John Le Carré novel about a mysterious man’s arrival in post-9/11 Hamburg.

Corbijn has previously directed several music videos for Coldplay including “Talk” and “Viva La Vida.” You can watch “Viva La Vida” below.

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