Artists Take Refuge In Late Night

Feb 12th, 2009 // 17 Comments

On occasion, my dad will ask me if I’ve ever heard of “this Cat Power person” or the “Feel Foxes,” and I know that he heard about those artists from one place: Late Show With David Letterman. Because even in the blog-crazed era, a lot of people still get exposed to music mainly though late-night TV, and perhaps morning shows like Today. U2 is keenly aware of that, which is why the band is going to play five nights (March 2-6) at Letterman’s home, the Ed Sullivan Theater, to promote No Line On The Horizon. (Which I, as the admitted U2 fan here, am so, so, so, so worried about) Whether the Ed Sullivan can contain U2′s outsized (egos) performances is another matter altogether.

Not to be outdone, the White Stripes will be the musical guests on the Conan O’Brien‘s final installments of his 12:35 a.m. show, which will also be his farewell to his New York studio, on Feb. 20. The band did a residency there way back in 2003, so it’s fitting that they should help Conan say goodbye to the late late slot and the Big Apple. (Can I mention that I am so glad Jay Leno will no longer dominate this timeslot? Can I also mention that I am so unhappy that his chinny nighttime career will trundle on at an earlier time?)

U2 takes a week on David Letterman’s `Late Show’ [AP]
White Stripes to Play Conan’s Last “Late Night” [Pitchfork]


  1. Anonymous

    I would listen to a band called Feel Foxes without question

  2. Lucas Jensen

    @tim_loves_cats: It’s a better name, to be sure!

  3. Mick Kraut


    You are quite right about where people find the music. I had heard about GLASVEGAS on this site and some others but it took seeing them on Letterman to get me to trundle over to iTunes and make the purchase.

    I think both Dave and Conan have done a lot of good for alot of bands in their careers both large and small…

  4. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    @Mick Kraut: I know he’s not as “cool,” but you should include Jimmy Kimmel on that list too. His music booker gets a lot of really good bands on that show, big and small. Last week both Morrissey and The Bird and the Bee made appearances.

  5. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    @Lucas Jensen: (Can I mention that I am so glad Jay Leno will no longer dominate this timeslot? Can I also mention that I am so unhappy that his chinny nighttime career will trundle on at an earlier time?)

    Yes you can. Especially since it will probably mean no more Life and various Law & Order incarnations. Sorry Maura.

  6. Maura Johnston

    @How do I say this … THROWDINI!: I am going to guess that SVU will stay around. As far as the original… sigh. What sucks is this season, it actually has been so much better than the dark Farina/Rohm/Thompson era. Maybe TNT will pick it up? I can’t imagine Dick Wolf’s ego going quietly.

    Never mind that the next season of Criminal Intent is in turnaround (allegedly premiering in “late April” but who knows). At least Goldblum and D’Onofrio are still doing promos:

    I also think that moving Conan to LA is going to at least partially lobotomize it, but I’m biased.

  7. Anonymous

    1. U2 for five-nights is obviously going to/should (if they know what’s best) include at least 1 or 2 outside-the-theater locations. My picks would be above the marquee a la Audioslave and on the fire escape a la TVOTR. Rooftop sounds more likely.

    2. I’m praying the Leno’s 10PM slot resembles Favre’s swan song as a Jet. I give it 3 yrs. max.

  8. Mick Kraut

    @How do I say this … THROWDINI!: Should I feel guilty about enjoying LIFE?

  9. Moff

    Wait, Lucas — are you worried about the performances on Late Night or the album?

  10. Lucas Jensen

    @Moff: Both?

  11. tigerpop

    @How do I say this … THROWDINI!: I’m pretty sure they’ll move SVU up to 9 PM. If they don’t my wife will have a fit.

  12. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    @Mick Kraut: Should I feel guilty about enjoying LIFE?
    Last night’s episode about the long-thought dead lead singer of a KISS-like band coming back and killing the lead singer of a cover band? Yes. Overall, no. The show is great.

  13. Lucas Jensen

    @Mick Kraut: @How do I say this … THROWDINI!: You are both right. Think about how many people watch those shows that read no music mags or online sites. My dad hears what he hears on Sirius and watches those shows.

  14. Anonymous

    @Maura Johnston: Ouch on the L.A. dig. We’re not all uncultured zombies out here, despite appearances.

    I have to ask where the priceless picture accompanying this post came from. Is that just floating out there for free on teh ol’ internets?

    And while we’re on the subject of late night musical performances, did anybody else catch Theresa Andersson’s appearance on Conan recently? She’s one hardworking, multitasking songstress.

  15. Anonymous

    Notfernnuthin’, but these bands are better off doing Ellen and Oprah.

  16. Lucas Jensen

    @JZ13: See what I did there? Sonny Bono…Bono? And, yeah, Google Images in the house.

  17. ObtuseIntolerant

    @How do I say this … THROWDINI!: I agree re:Kimmel…I think he has the best stage setups and sound, as well. Much better than most live televised setups.

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