Conan O’Brien jams with Jack White on his way to Bonnaroo

By Sean O’Connell Before playing perhaps the largest gig of his career, Conan O’Brien played the smallest.

The sarcastic red head, who notoriously lost “The Tonight Show” to rival Jay Leno, continues to tour the country as part of his Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television tour. One of his next stops will be the stage of the massive Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee.

But before he played that venue, O’Brien rewarded 300 Nashville-based, Team Coco fans with a tiny, intimate gig at the offices of Third Man Records, a music label owned by Jack White of The White Stripes.

“Being in the room was like being in a revival tent. There was so much energy,” Aaron Bleyaert, an official Team Coco blogger, told the New York Daily News.

O’Brien and the band that backs him on tour ripped through renditions of Tony Joe White’s “Poke Salad Annie” and Radiohead’s “Creep.” Near the end of the show, White joined O’Brien on stage for a lengthy version of Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock.”

Bleyaert said the show was recorded, and will be released by Third Man as a vinyl LP.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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