Saturday, January 23, 2010

That Was Bitchin'

Last night, Conan O'Brien signed off from his final broadcast of The Tonight Show by playing rhythm guitar on a triumphant performance of "Freebird," with Beck, Ben Harper, Bily Gibbons, Max Weinberg and the Tonight Show Band, and Will Farrell and his cowbell.

I love Will Farrell and love the cowbell, which works both on its own terms and as a reference to one of the funniest SNL skits of the past twenty years, though I would have preferred it if they found a better singer (especially since Neil Young was already in the building) and then had Farrell come out of nowhere in the last two minutes of the song to bring things home with his cowbell. Wouldn't that have been awesome? It was pretty awesome anyway, and its celebratory, anything goes attitude is sort of what Conan's tenure at The Tonight Show has been all about.

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