Jack White shares his pre-show ritual with Conan O' Brien: Listen

Detailing his backstage requirements
Jack White
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All musicians have some level of pre-show preparation. For Jack White, it involves a rather peculiar tradition.

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White joined Conan O’Brien on the Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend podcast as he was asked if he has any particular rituals he does before stepping out on stage. “These are some of the backstage requirements,” White began. “A conversation with an elderly person,” he joked.

White then told O'Brien he “could give me a list of three things that I have to mention on stage tomorrow.”

“At some point in the night you have to reference Baron Von Hindenburg,” Conan suggested.

Listen to the full interview above as White discusses his new album Entering Heaven Alive, running his own upholstery shop, what it means to pander, and melding art and business.

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After 25 years at the Late Night desk, Conan realized that the only people at his holiday party are the men and women who work for him. Over the years and despite thousands of interviews, Conan has never made a real and lasting friendship with any of his celebrity guests. So, he started a podcast to do just that. Deeper, unboundedly playful, and free from FCC regulations, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend is a weekly opportunity for Conan to hang out with the people he enjoys most and perhaps find some real friendship along the way.

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