Television show host Conan O’Brien on Oct. 4 paid tribute to his own house band “Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band,” which has been performing alongside the show host for 25 years, during the final hourlong episode of “Conan.”
He first began with saying there are many changes coming up that he’s “excited about,” while there’s one that makes him sad. “In January, when our show transitions to the new half-hour format, our band will not be with us. Since we began this journey 25 years ago, my band has been a daily source of joy in my life.”
With his frequent pauses in the announcement, O’Brien continued, “These remarkable musicians have given their talent, energy, enthusiasm, and incredible showmanship to over 4,000 hours.”
According to Rolling Stone, he recalled how the band had evolved over the 25 years, from the Max Weinberg 7 era when the show was “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” Later, the band spent a while staying for the “Tonight Show” from 2009 to 2010, and then they went on a tour called the Legally Prohibited Band tour. Eventually, in November 2010, after the show “Conan” came on TBS, they formed “Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band.”
O’Brien called the band “a daily source of joy in my life,” and reminisced about the band’s performance at his wedding in January. Furthermore, he appreciated the time the band was stuck with him “at the most perilous moment of my career when I was left without a show and feeling pretty alone.”
The show host later concluded by addressing, “I can say this with confidence—I have been graced with the most versatile, loyal, and joyously effervescent band in the history of television. To put it very simply, I love these guys.”
On the same night, O’Brien did more than just pay tribute, when he also joined the band and did a Chuck Berry cover.
According to AV Club, “Conan” is going to change its format from an hour to a 30-minute show and stay nightly starting in 2019.