Conan O’Brien coming to Tabernacle Nov. 15, first tour since 2010

Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris

Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris

Originally posted Thursday, September 27, 2018 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Conan O'Brien is returning to do a live show in Atlanta for the first time since 2010. (Read my review of that show here.)He will be at the Tabernacle November 15.

He's in a much different place than he was back then. At that stage, he was between gigs, having lost NBC's "The Tonight Show" to Jay Leno and killing time before joining Atlanta-based TBS.

Though his "Conan" show on TBS didn't become the monster hit for the network, it brought in a legion of young viewers for TBS and leveraged O'Brien's savvy use of social media and viral videos that pre-saged Jimmy Fallon and James Corden. He also showed off his ability to ad-lib and connect with people on trips to places such as South Korea, Cuba, Israel, Mexico and Haiti.

After doing a traditional one-hour late-night talk show for the past eight years, O’Brien is shifting to a more experimental 30-minute format starting in January, 2019.

His final one-hour show aired on October 4. He will take a three-month hiatus, allowing him time to do this tour and retool the show itself.

“There are a lot of exciting changes coming up for me in 2019 and I wanted to kick it off this fall with an 18-city live tour,” Conan said in an announcement, adding, “The idea that I hit the road for seven weeks was pitched by my wife, with the full backing of my children.”

During his final hour-long show, he explained the change.  “I’m going to a half-hour so I can spend more time on the things I really love. I’m not talking about my wife and children — that ship sailed a long time ago,” he joked to his studio audience Thursday. “No, I’m talking about travel shows around the world; silly remote pieces; interviewing brilliant, distinct people. Really just focusing on the stuff that we love the most.”

Unfortunately, he said, Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band will not be included with the new format. They have worked with him for 25 years.

The live show will also feature some hand-picked stand-up comics.

Presale starts Thursday, September 27 at 10 a.m. The rest of the tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. In Atlanta on the LiveNation site. 

I anticipate the Atlanta date will sell out quickly with prices ranging from $39.50 to $75.

Fri, Nov 2 – Washington, D.C. (Warner Theatre)

Sat, Nov 3 – Atlantic City (The Music Box)

Sun, Nov 4 – Detroit, MI (The Fillmore)

Tue, Nov 6 – Boston, MA (Wilbur Theatre)

Wed, Nov 7 – Port Chester, NY (Capitol Theatre)

Thu, Nov 8 – New York City, NY (Beacon Theatre)

Thu, Nov 15 – Atlanta, GA (The Tabernacle)

Fri, Nov 16 – Houston, TX (Revention Center)

Sat, Nov 17 – Austin, TX (ACL Moody Theatre)

Sun, Nov 18 – Nashville, TN (War Memorial Auditorium)

Wed, Nov 28 – Chicago, IL (Chicago Theatre)

Thu, Nov 29 – Minneapolis, MN (The Orpheum Theatre)

Fri, Nov 30 – Milwaukee, WI (Riverside Theatre)

Sun, Dec 9 – Los Angeles, CA (The Wiltern)

Tue, Dec 11- Seattle, WA (Moore Theatre)

Wed, Dec 12 – Denver, CO (Paramount Theatre)

Fri, Dec 14 – Vancouver, BC (Queen Elizabeth Theatre)

Sat, Dec 15 – San Francisco, CA (The Masonic)