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Conan O’Brien Rocks Nashville with Jack White

More than 1,000 people lined up around the block on Thursday night (June 10) to see Conan O’Brien play with White Stripes’ Jack White during his “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour.”  White tossed bottles of water to those in line from the roof of his Third Man Records outlet in Nashville, where the show was held.  Despite some fans waiting up to 24 hours in the scorching heat, only 300 of them would secure spots in the small performance space at White’s downtown complex.

O’Brien’s blog entry titled, “Epic” noted, “Those lucky couple hundred people who waited in line all day today and got into Third Man Records tonight got a treat: AN AMAZING ROCK AND ROLL SHOW.”

According to reports, O’Brien, wielding a light blue Fender electric guitar, told the crowd, “I’ve had a crazy six months… 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.”

The entire show was recorded on reel-to-reel tape and will soon be released as a vinyl album. Songs appearing on the vinyl release will include Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again”, The Band’s “The Weight”,  White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army”, Elvis Presley’s “Blue Moon”, Stray Cats’ “Rock This Town”, and Radiohead’s “Creep.”

O’Brien ended the evening with sincere gratitude, telling the sweat-soaked crowd, “This means everything to me. This was so cool.” He closed out the concert by thanking TBS for giving him a new talk show, which debuts in the fall.

There still remains much of summer ‘til then though, and O’Brien will do it all over again this weekend, when he performs at the Bonnaroo festival and again in Atlanta on June 14.

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