Terry Gilliam Directing Arcade Fire's Madison Square Garden Webcast

When it comes to directing concert films, Terry Gilliam might not be Martin Scorcese in terms of experience. Hell, he might not even be Jonathan Demme. Nonetheless, he might be the perfect choice to direct the upcoming webcast of Arcade Fire's Aug. 5 Madison Square Garden concert.

The web-streamed event is the first of a series of five concerts that is being produced by American Express, and featured on YouTube/Vevo. John Legend and The Roots will also perform as part of the series, though no directors have been announced for those sets yet.

So why is Gilliam the perfect person to direct the webcast? Well, he is the man who made 12 Monkeys, which this writer is told is a pretty accurate description of the Arcade Fire. (Note: the author has done no research as to whether or not the Arcade Fire is actually composed of twelve of our adorable, furry, primate cousins. He’d look into it, but it’s almost time for lunch).

So what will a concert video featuring the Montreal band and the whimsical visual sense of the former Monty Python-er look like?

We imagine there's going to be a lot of surreal imagery (no special effects needed — Win Butler's ridiculous haircut will more than suffice) and misanthropic characters (well... they ARE from Quebec, you know?).

In the tradition of Brazil, Time Bandits and The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus, there'll also be an abrupt, vaguely disturbing ending (perhaps we will realize that the entire concert was nothing but a catatonic dream... just like their videos!). Here's hoping Richard Reed Parry shows up wearing high heels, suspenders and a bra.

Reports that Arcade Fire will replace most of their lyrics with the word spam or that they will come on stage dressed as cardinals circa the Spanish Inquisition and completely miss the point of a light-hearted skit by turning it into a heavy-handed attempt at "social commentary" have been neither confirmed nor denied at this point.

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Lady and Laird Candermine: Our viewing was pretty much a bust.... too slow a connection or... just too many people watching... had to bail or get a massive headache ...
the 'relive'vid comes in fine...
The band is 'very' 80's sounding... everything old is new again, I guess ...

Paute: YEAH!!! START!!!
I´m on Twitter if wanna need comment the show!

Lady and Laird Candermine at 10:48 am August 05

thanks Paute.. I can't believe it's TODAY... : ) ...

Lady and Laird Candermine at 10:52 am August 05

: ) I'm stealing this for the q. site... hope you don't mind... here's the front page of the Q. with a mtv intereview......

Paute at 10:52 am August 05

YEAH!! In a few hours!!!

Lady and Laird Candermine at 10:53 am August 05

I hope it all goes well... Terry seems VERY RELAXED about it all... LOL ...

mrsCutout at 3:23 am August 06

WOW great pic!

Lady and Laird Candermine at 11:04 am August 06

thanks... it was fun to see him at the keyboards again in the video

Paute: I hope this channel works:


TheRealGilliamFan at 11:29 am August 05

That's a fansite channel. Their channel is at http://www.youtube.com/ArcadeFireVEVO :)

mrsCutout at 3:24 am August 06


Lady and Laird Candermine: Thanks Paute... it looks fun!!! Excellent fun!

thewastelandr: Arcade Fire! I love them! This is such a great idea.

Holly: Thanks for sharing Paute! August 5th is always a terrible day for me, so now I have something to look forward to. Something to cheer me up.

Lady and Laird Candermine at 11:15 am August 02

hugs Holly!

Holly at 2:26 pm August 02

aahh, thanks :)

Lady and Laird Candermine at 7:51 pm August 04

you're welcome Holly... hope things are better now...

Rosemary Greenwood: Jesus Christ don't keep it hid!

mrsCutout: WOah! Go Terry!!!!!!I'd love to see that!Thanks for sharing Paute!

Paute at 12:45 pm July 31

You´re welcome! Just need the direction on You Tube to see the concert!

mrsCutout at 11:12 am August 01

What direction??

Paute at 4:15 pm August 01

For see the show on You Tube.

mrsCutout at 1:01 pm August 03

Ah ok hahaha I have it now!