No opening act for U2 on Conan

Band to play three songs, star in comedy bits

On Thursday, “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” will devote an entire show to one guest: U2.

The band will perform at least three songs as well as be interviewed by O’Brien and participate in comedy bits.

It will be the first time “Late Night” will devote an entire show to one guest, let alone a musical act.

The booking is the culmination of 12 years of cajoling by talent exec Jim Pitt, who until now considered U2 and the late Johnny Cash to be the two most difficult artists to book.

“I got a call and they said all my years of begging had paid off,” Pitt said.

In town for a sold-out seven-show run at Madison Square Garden, Pitt said U2 was in the mood to do some TV, but wanted to do something that would stand out from the standard latenight appearance.

The band’s management and “Late Night” producers came up with the idea of doing a whole show.

“When U2 came calling, there was very little we were going to say no to,” Pitt said.

Booking came a year after O’Brien visited the set of “Saturday Night Live” and had a conversation with Bono, who was hosting the show.

“I think that established a comfort level and put us on the map,” Pitt said.

U2’s current album, “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” has sold more than 3 million copies; band’s sold-out Vertigo tour will play to more than 3.3 million people.

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