I replayed Conan's exit speech & Freebird for my wife today. I struggled to not get choked up even more the second time watching it.
His exit speech is just gut-wrenching. They way he takes the high road with NBC, the way he gets choked up talking about the fans, and then the way he demands the same fans to not be cynical about it.
And then he ends it with the shit-eating grin of an 8 year old boy on Christmas as he gets to play Freebird with his friends and some amazing musicians*.
I knew Conan played guitar as he's done it on the show in the past, but to my recollection he'd only strum chords. He really did surprise me with his soloing ability!! I don't think he'll be recording or touring anytime soon, but still I was impressed.
*Billy Gibbons seemed mildly annoyed that he had to cut his solo short for Will Ferrell's cowbell antics (I think he just forgot to break there with the rest of the band). Beck seemed lost most of the time, but that was amusing enough. Ben Harper fucking rocks. If you don't know this, find his material (live stuff is the best).
And the pregnant woman? She's Will Ferrell's real-life, really pregnant wife!!!
My wife looked at her during the performance, rolled her eyes and said "that's fake!" Hahahahaa!!