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The Killers to work with film pioneer Werner Herzog

The Killers
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Werner Herzog is a German cinema pioneer, and a generally audacious presence in the cinema world. He has made movies about Antarctica, caves, and men who lived among (and were later eaten by) grizzly bears, among other topics. He made the Bad Lieutenant sequel with Nicolas Cage. He even once made a movie about eating his own shoe (he more or less lost a bet). His latest muse? The Killers.

The Herzog/Killers collaboration is the latest in the American Express Unstaged series, which teams an acclaimed filmmaker and a notable band, the former capturing the latter's performance for a live-streaming online presentation. Gary Oldman (yup, he directs, too) did it for Jack White. Terry Gilliam did it for Arcade Fire. And David Lynch did it for Duran Duran, which is definitely more absurd than the guy who gave us Fitzcarraldo filming the dudes who gave us "Mr. Brightside." In fact, Herzog and the band have already met in Las Vegas and discussed strategies for the show/filming. "[Herzog] has ideas for someone crowd-surfing with a camera on," bassist Mark Stoermer told Rolling Stone. "He's gonna put cameras on Ronnie [Vannucci, Jr.] while he's playing drums." Which is totally something Ronnie would allow. 

The show takes place 4 p.m. PST Sept. 18 -- the day The Killers' fourth studio album, Battle Born, is released -- at Paradise Theater in New York. You'll be able to watch it here.