Neil Young Talks With Conan O'Brien About His TV History

Neil Young joined Conan O'Brien on Conan's Team Coco Radio on Sirius XM to talk about his career. The pair sat down for an hour and much of the conversation centered around the intersection between Neil's career and television.

  • In the late 60's detective series "Mannix", Neil and his band appeared as the house band at a psychedelic bar - for one scene. "Our managers thought this was a great opportunity to move into television,” Young remembered. "I don’t think we even looked at it. We just kept going."The band played in the background and were on screen for just a few moments.
  • Recalling his visit to "The Johnny Cash Show", Conan asked if Neil had met the legend. "You gotta realize, I’m 23 years old, and I’m going on a television show," Young explained. "I was petrified. I was thinking about the song I was going to sing and whether I was going to screw up or not. That’s all I thought about. I don’t really remember much else about it."
  • The two reminisced about Neil's musical guest spot on "Saturday Night Live" - when Conan was writing for the show. Conan recalled, "Lorne Michaels has a saying that 'television is the worst way to experience music,' I think he’s usually right, except something happened that night. It was transcendent and punched through the television. I’m on the floor at [Studio] 8-H. I’m a kid. I’m in my twenties. I’m watching you do that. The place, you just melted it. I think there was structural damage to 30 Rock. It’s never been quite repaired.”

Source: JamBands

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