(CBS/AP) Country star Kenny Chesney and Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme will collaborate on the next installment of the "American Express Unstaged" music series on June 20.
"I think it's a unique situation for both of us because odds are we never would have worked together without this thing, you know?" Chesney said, adding, "And I think that all creative people look for inspiration. That's the thing I'm looking forward to the most about this, because it is left of center and it is combining two worlds."
Demme, whose credits include "The Silence of the Lambs" and Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" concert film, will direct the livestream of the 75-minute performance from the beach in Wildwood, N.J. Chesney and the credit card company have given 20,000 fans free tickets to the seaside show.
Fans at home can watch live and repeats for 12 hours after on YouTube. The show also can be seen on VEVO's mobile apps. It's the 10th "Unstaged" event following pairings like Monday's Usher-Hamish Hamilton collaboration in London or last month's Jack White-Gary Oldman installment.
The livestream concert is just one of several large-scale events Chesney has scheduled for next week.
His new album, "Welcome to the Fishbowl," is out Tuesday, and he tapes the NBC Fourth of July special that evening. Then he'll head to Wildwood on Wednesday, "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Thursday, up early Friday for the "Today" show, a special homecoming concert for the "Brothers of the Sun" stadium tour with Tim McGraw in Nashville on Saturday, followed by another show Sunday in Charlotte, N.C.
Chesney, his voice raspy from two shows over the weekend, laughed at the full-tilt boogie of his schedule.
"It's a hell of a week, man, but you know what? I thrive on it. I love it," Chesney said. "I love it, all that stuff is happening in my life. I mean, that's what you dream about."