Click above to watch Steve Buscemi meet Vampire Weekend in a promotional comedy short for the upcoming Vampire Weekend concert which Buscemi is set to direct.
The gig takes place at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on April 28 and 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.
The clip above sees Buscemi awkwardly meeting the band whilst they rehearse and telling them: “I don’t always understand the songs, to be honest.”
Another clip, below, shows Buscemi accidentally calling the band Vampire Holiday.
In a statement, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig described Buscemi as “a wonderful actor, a NYC legend and a great director”. Buscemi has previously directed several episodes of the US drama The Sopranos as well as four feature films, including 1996’s Trees Lounge.
Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio recently revealed that Buscemi was a distant cousin.
Buscemi was spotted with the band at the New York Easter Bonnet festival where he sung the group’s latest single ‘Diane Young’ through a loudhailer.
Vampire Weekend will release their third album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ on May 14.