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The White Stripes: "We're Going to Be Friends" (Live on The Last 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien') (Video)


Conan's love of The White Stripes is well-documented; if you'll remember, he had the band play his show for four nights in a row in 2003 to promote the release of their new album Elephant. At the opening of the clip, Conan is honest about having wanted to close out his run at Late Night with a performance by the White Stripes, and it's good to see The White Stripes in their first public performance since Meg White's reported anxiety problem in 2007.


Both stripes perform guitar and vocals in this performance of "We're Going to Be Friends" from 2002's White Blood Cells, and watching, you're forced to wonder if this is the last type of performance like this we'll see on Conan because of his new time-slot. Music fans everywhere would suffer if O'Brien was forced to repeat his great White Stripes stunt of 2003 with the reunited Limp Bizkit, or something of that order. Please Conan, continue to keep it real. [Stereogum]


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I wonder if Conan chose the song?

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

Yeah, I wonder if he'll be forced to start having crap like Lady Gaga on his new show. I also wonder, if to boost his cred, they'll have Fallon by the more indie-centric show.

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That was painful to watch, they're terrible, they need to stay "retired".


I was kinda disappointed in this performance, seeing as how they're usually good on TV. I liked it much better when they did this song on SNL back in '02.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/ivanmitchell/clockwork_bart2.jpg ivanmitchell

pretty terrible

/site_media/uploads/images/users/matt/IMG_0695.jpg matt

This was a pretty poor performance...I'm a huge White Stripes fan but this just didn't cut it. The thought of them performing on Conan was nice though.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/vivatherock/mejpg.jpg kbachor

And oddly as some say it was horrible, this being the first time I've heard that song, was actually tearing up a bit at the end. Crazy.


Meg is the worst professional musician ever.

Steve L

Meg's ability fits the sound that the band requires...raw and basic (minus Jack's amazing riffs) but this performance was "different" and for that I'll give them credit. That's what I love about them... always innovating. Meg doesn't play guitar much so for her to do that on National Tele was a testament to her bravery and overcoming this "anxiety" thing which was probably overblown a bit. Rock on Stripes!


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