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Published: Saturday, 6/12/2010

O'Brien to release vinyl disc

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Conan O'Brien may have missed his calling.

The once and future late night television host laid down a scorching rockabilly-flavored set Thursday night at Jack White's Third Man Records in Nashville and plans to release a vinyl album of the show.

"This is probably the most fun I've had in show business," a sweat-soaked O'Brien told a crowd of about 300 before launching into a fiery finale of Eddie Cochran's "Twenty Flight Rock" with White.

O'Brien has been riding a bus around the country with his band on "The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour," a music and comedy-filled variety show, while waiting for his new hosting gig at TBS to start. He left The Tonight Show earlier this year after NBC reinstalled former host Jay Leno.

He told the audience that in six months he's gone from hosting "the greatest franchise in television history" to touring the country in a bus to making a vinyl record.

"I'm going back in time," he joked. "Next week I'll be playing Vaudeville and then I'm going to be a steamboat captain."



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