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Members of the pop group Duran Duran, who took Milan by storm last night, are shown Dec. 11, 1988, as 1,000 screaming fans greeted them before they played. From left to right: Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon and John Taylor. (AP Photo/Press Association/Rebecca Naden)
From left, Duran Duran members John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon pose together backstage before a concert at The Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
From left, Duran Duran band members John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor pose together at the 15th anniversary party for the animated television series "South Park," Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Santa Monica, Calif. Duran Duran performed at the event. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
FILE - This May 23, 2013 file photo shows members of Duran Duran, from left, Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon and John Taylor arrive at amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit during the 66th international film festival, in Cap d'Antibes, southern France. The group known for hits like "Notorious" and "Hungry Like the Wolf" accuses the suburban Chicago-based club of breaching contract by not forwarding promised revenue to the band. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Duran Duran's lawsuit names Glenview-based Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc. as the defendant. The suit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court this week. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)
Rock star Mick Jagger, of the Rolling Stones, left, talks with John Taylor, member of the rock group Duran-Duran, Monday, August 28, 1984 at the Limelight disco in New York. Jagger is in New York recording his first solo album. (AP Photo/Limelight)
The original members of British pop group Duran Duran, from left to right, Roger Taylor, John Taylor, Simon Lebon, Nick Rhodes and Andy Taylor pose for pictures at a press conference in Hong Kong on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004. The band was in Hong Kong to promote their reunion album "Astronaut." (AP Photo/Lo Sai-hung)
British group Duran Duran's lead vocalist Simon Le Bon, right, and basist John Taylor perform during the group's first concert in 18 years in Tokyo Friday, July 11, 2003. The 1980's rock group members performed together for the first time following their last performance in Live Aid 18 years ago. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
British rock group Duran Duran's lead vocalist Simon LeBon, right, and bassist John Taylor perform during the group's first concert in 18 years in Tokyo, Friday, July 11, 2003. The 1980's rock group members performed together for the first time following their last performance in Live Aid 18 years ago. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nick Rhodes is on the phone to talk about Duran Duran's concert film collaboration with director David Lynch that's slated for a one-night-only theatrical engagement next month. As he talks of being inspired by Lynch's "The Elephant Man" as a teenager, he can hear another one of his inspirations nearby: Nile Rodgers on guitar.

"I can actually hear him playing the guitar just down the corridor from where I am right now," Rhodes says gleefully.

Next month will mark a period of high activity for Duran Duran. Along with work to finish a new album, the British rock band will appear at the Fashion Rocks concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Sept. 9 before releasing "Duran Duran: Unstaged" in more than 300 North American theaters on Sept. 10.

The film is an enhanced version of Lynch's original livestream presentation, with tweaks and enhancements to improve on the 2011 original. The "American Express Unstaged" series pairs musicians with directors who design a one-off live show that even a band as seasoned as Duran Duran was nervous about.

"It literally was live live," Rhodes said. "It was one of those moments where we all looked at each other and said, 'Good luck, let's see what happens.' And it went out on the Internet just exactly as we played it, and of course there were some things that didn't work quite as well as others, and footage that didn't sync up in the most beautiful place that it could have done ... so it's had a proper polish. It's been refined for cinema, and it looks beautiful, too. The print is fantastic."

When the group approached Lynch to oversee the initial livestream, he said he'd only consider it if it was "radically different" than the staid concert-film formula.

Lynch chose to shoot the piece in black and white - like "The Elephant Man," which Rhodes and John Taylor saw together in a Birmingham, England, theater as teenagers - and created a series of images to run over the top of the band's performance.

"There was a room filled with smoke all the time," Rhodes said. "There was another room where there were a lot of actors doing strange things. Then he pre-prepared some other footage which varied between sort of hand puppets and aero-planes and clocks and machinery and this footage just sort of literally was superimposed over us playing ... and I think the results are really pretty unusual."

The band is shooting for less radically different results in the recording studio where it has been cutting songs with Rodgers, who co-produced the group's 1986 album, "Notorious." Mark Ronson and Mr Hudson are also producing tracks. The album will be mixed next month, and Rhodes said it will be out in the first half of 2015.

"I think we know where we want to be and it's right in the center of the dance floor," Rhodes said. "That's what we're aiming for together."

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