Conan O'Brien had to say goodbye to his longtime house band on Thursday night, but he sent them off in a very unique way: by joining them on stage for a final, nationally televised jam session. Watch O'Brien rock out by playing the video above.
Jimmy Vivino and The Basic Cable Band are being let go from "Conan" as the TBS talk show transitions from a one-hour to a half-hour format. They're not alone, either; Variety has reported that when "Conan" returns in January, it also won't have any performances by musical artists, though musicians can still appear on the show to be interviewed.
But after spending years with his in-house musicians, Conan wasn't going to cut them loose without a proper sendoff. He spent roughly eight minutes of Thursday's show singing the praises of The Basic Cable Band, and then picked up a guitar to join them in a cover of Chuck Berry's song "40 Days."
It's not as odd as some music fans might think: O'Brien was on Rolling Stone's list of the 11 best comedian-musicians back in 2011. He played "Free Bird" when he was still hosting "The Tonight Show" in 2010 and has also performed music during his live tour.
But his joining The Basic Cable Band on "40 Days" was particularly special; not only was it good, but audiences could tell it was bittersweet for everyone involved. At least they got to share one last awesome moment together.
While "Conan" goes off the air for revamping until 2019, O'Brien will spend the rest of this year on tour. "Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips" comes to the Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado on Dec.12, and tickets are on sale now through the AXS event page. Tickets are priced from $49.50 to $75.50, and will likely sell out fast since this is the first time he has toured in almost a decade.
Get your tickets as quickly as possible, after you're done appreciating how O'Brien can shred on the guitar.
Below are all of Conan O'Brien's 2018 tour dates:
Nov. 02 – Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
Nov. 03 – Atlantic City, NJ - The Music Box
Nov. 04 – Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
Nov. 06 – Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
Nov. 07 – Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
Nov. 08 – New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
Nov. 15 – Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
Nov. 16 – Houston, TX - Revention Center
Nov. 17 – Austin, TX - ACL Moody Theatre
Nov. 18 – Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 28 – Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
Nov. 29 – Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
Nov. 30 – Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
Dec. 09 – Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
Dec. 11 – Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
Dec. 12 – Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre (Tickets)
Dec. 14 – Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Dec. 15 – San Francisco, CA - The Masonic
For more on Conan O'Brien, visit his artist page at AXS.