Jack White and Conan O’Brien have a long history together. During the peak of their meteoric rise, the White Stripes played a week-long residency at Late Night With Conan O’Brien. Then, Conan showed up in the Stripes’ video for “The Denial Twist,” in which Michel Gondry recreated a fantastical version of that residency. (I’m also in that video: Squished tall masked Conan, attempting to lumber across the stage in shoe lifts at 0:48.) Before Conan took over The Tonight Show, the White Stripes were the final musical guests on Conan’s version of Late Night; it also turned out to be their final performance. And Conan recently recorded a live single at Jack White’s Third Man command center. So it’s a bit weird that White waited until this late in the Blunderbuss promotional cycle to show up on Conan, but he finally dropped by last night, bringing his all-female backing band and ripping through his cover of Little Willie John’s “I’m Shakin’.” White pretty much kicked ass in the performance, which you can watch below.
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