(Photo by Molly Moormeier of Team Coco)
“I’ve had a crazy six months,” Conan O’Brien said from the stage of Jack White’s Third Man Records tonight. “Six months ago, I was the host of The Tonight Show, the greatest franchise in the history of television. Then I started a live tour, going from small theater to small theater. And tonight I’m pressing a vinyl recording. I’m going back in time! Next week I’ll be on vaudeville. Then i’ll be a steamship captain.” So that’s what they were building in there: a live album.
After White’s introduction, Coco and his “Legally Prohibited Band” tore through a set of cover songs, which included “On The Road Again,” the Band’s “The Weight,” White Stripes classic “Seven Nation Army” (vid of CT performance), “Blue Moon,” Stray Cats’ “Rock This Town,” and Radiohead’s “Creep,” of course. Jack White helped Conan close out the show with Eddie Cochran’s “20 Flight Rock.”
Fun fact: In keeping with Conan’s joke about “going back in time,” the performance/recording was briefly stalled due to the first reel of analog tape needing to be switched. Buddy Holly would be proud.
**Update: Conan O’Brien – Live At Third Man can be pre-ordered here.