U2, Stripes Take Over Late Night

In what seems like an unlikely convergence, two television talk shows recently announced plans to incorporate rock ‘n’ roll in a far more significant way than just putting a band on the stage for one tune at the end of the show.

“Late Night with Conan O’Brien” announced that U2, which was in New York City for its sold-out seven-night run at Madison Square Garden , would be the show’s sole guest October 6th.

“We were able to offer them something to feel enough like an event for them to do the show,” talent booker Jim Pitt said.

Not to be outdone, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” – which doesn’t even feature musical acts – announced The White Stripes would perform on the program airing December 1st.

“We’ve never had a musical performance on the show before – not because we haven’t wanted one – but because we were holding out for a reunited Spandau Ballet. This will have to suffice,” Stewart said.