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Jack White Live—Directed By Gary Oldman?

Apparently, Gary Oldman is a man of many talents: critically acclaimed actor (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Book of Eli, The Dark Knight); multi-instrumentalist (he plays piano, bass, guitar and ukelele); and now, live concert broadcast director.

Well, we don’t actually know about that last part; Oldman has never actually done that before. But guitarist extraordinaire and ex-White Stripe Jack White apparently thinks he can, because he asked for Oldman by name to direct the live streaming broadcast of his upcoming show at Manhattan’s Webster Hall on April 27.

The upcoming concert is part of the American Express Unstaged series, which in the past couple of years has done similar celebrity pairings for live concert streaming, such as Mary J. Blige directed by choreographer/director Adam Shankman (Hairspray, The Wedding Planner, The Pacifier), Coldplay directed by Anton Corbijn (Control, The American), Duran Duran directed by David Lynch (Twin Peaks, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Dr.), and several others. The April 27 concert will promote the release of Jack White’s much-anticipated solo project Blunderbuss, which drops on April 24 (and will no doubt be reviewed right here on this here blog).

While this will be Oldman’s first attempt at live directing, it’s not his first rodeo in the director’s saddle. In 1997, he wrote and directed Nil By Mouth, which got positive marks from the critics.

You’ll be able to see the live stream of the Jack White concert on White’s YouTube/VEVO channel free of charge. The show starts April 27 at 9:00 p.m. EDT. Tune in via the Internet and see how Gary Oldman does at the helm.

And, oh yeah…you can hear Jack White’s new stuff, too.

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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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