Questlove cites 'b**chassness' as the cause of his cancellation.
Questlove of The Roots has insisted that the band will no longer be performing at the upcoming major David Bowie tribute concerts this week, which will be held at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York, following an apparent disagreement with another band who refused to let them borrow a drum kit.
Questlove cancels The Roots appearance
The multi-instrumentalist, whose real name is Ahmir Khalib Thompson, took to Instagram to vent his frustrations over the 'b**chassness' of the situation, confirming that the dispute has caused him to pull out of the shows tonight and tomorrow (March 30th and March 31st 2016) along with peers Bilal and Kimbra.
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Jimmy Fallon provided lots of laughs with his special filming of 'The Tonight Show'.
The Super Bowl XLIX was all anyone could talk about over the weekend - and it wasn't just about the epic win of the New England Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks. As per usual, this year provided some pretty hilarious highlights, most notably from 'The Tonight Show''s Jimmy Fallon.
Jimmy Fallon provided the comedy at Super Bowl XLIX
Fallon was shooting a Super Bowl special for 'The Tonight Show', filming at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix for the first time in honour of the occasion. Despite special guests Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola and LeGarrette Blount of the Patriots making an appearance, Fallon did well to keep the attention on him with his admittedly impressive 'Super Bowl of Lip Sync Battles' skit.
Continue reading: Jimmy Fallon's Lip-Sync Battle Becomes Super Bowl XLIX Comedy Highlight
The Roots take on Miley's divisive track to turn it into a catchy a capella tune.
Miley Cyrus partied it up over the summer, but for her Tuesday appearance on Late Night, she served up a toned down, a cappella version of 'We Can’t Stop,' in collaboration with The Roots and Jimmy Fallon. The cover was intended as promotion for Miley’s newly released Bangerz, but it may have also helped to redeem the singer in the eyes of some of her more…critical fans.
See, she can still be (mostly) family-friendly.
It was a Brady Bunch-like montage, with Miley sporting a clean, toned down outfit and singing in the gentlest tones we’ve heard from her of late. Barring lines like “trying to get a line in the bathroom,” it was almost family-friendly. And, of course, like anything The Roots touch, it was catchier than ever. As an added bonus, this kind of tribute to the squeaky clean 90s favorite The Brady Bunch means that Cyrus hasn’t entirely left her family TV roots behind – perhaps Hannah Montana is dead and buried, but even this new, rebellious, platinum blonde Cyrus appreciates a bit of 90s sitcom goodness. And of course, vocally, she's at her best with this cover.
Continue reading: The Roots And Jimmy Fallon Put A New Spin On Miley's 'We Can't Stop'
The influential rock icon and the thinking man's hip-hop collective have teamed up for a new album
Talk about your unlikely collaborations, Elvis Costello has teamed up with hip-hop group The Roots for a full album of original material that combines Costello's rock and blues know-how with Roots drummer ?uestlove's keen ear for a funky beat. The result of their unassuming team-up is the quite brilliant Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs.
The Roots helped bring out the best in Costello
?uesto revealed the plans to record a collaboration with Costello way back in January this year, and since then the unlikely pairing made some sweet sweet music in the studio, resulting in the upcoming release. Despite not being released until next week, the lucky few who have managed to listen to the album early are in agreement that the collaboration, whilst not seeming like the most natural thing in the world, works out 100% and the team have made one heck of a record.
Continue reading: Elvis Costello And The Roots Form Unlikely Alliance For 'Wise Up Ghost'
The name's Falsenberg.
If a pop culture trend exists, so does a Jimmy Fallon parody of it. Not that we’re complaining, the Late Night host does have a knack for parodies, which he proved once again with his latest – Joking Bad. As it turns out, even knock-knock jokes can be funny, if you frame them right.
Much like Walt, Jimmy has just six more months left - at Late Night, that is.
“Jimmy, I’m afraid it’s bad news,” the segment starts. ”You only have six months.”
By and large, the third day of Bestival was a rousing success.
Snoop Dogg and Franz Ferdinand dominated Saturday at Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Festival goers enjoyed a rare bit of sunshine yesterday (September 7) and Snoop Dogg performed a set, featuring some of his biggest hits to a backdrop of his own face (because of course he did.)
Snoop's new persona isn't exactly a hit with fans.
We all know Questlove, right? The drummer for The Roots, a high profile musician in his own right and Amber Tamblyn’s amateur wedding photographer? Well, you can all call him Professor Questlove now because he’s soon going to be teaching a ‘Classic Albums’ course at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts during the Spring semester.
Whilst Drake is celebrating receiving his high school diploma at the age of 25, the 41 year old hip-hop dude is taking things one step further in the education world. If Jason King (associate producer of recorded music and head of history and criticism at the institute) is to be believed, Questlove is “one of the smartest people in music, besides being a fantastic musician. We thought [this class] would speak to his strengths.” According to E! Online, the two-credit course focuses on the music and lyrics of some of the greatest albums in music history, as well as taking a look at the production and business aspects, as well as considering why some albums stand the test of time better than others.
Questlove won’t be flying solo with this new venture, though; he’ll be joined by Harry Weinger, the A&R executive from Universal Music Enterprises. The news has been welcomed by those associated with the academic institute. Jeff Rabhan, the chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, tweeted to say “Word is that @questlove is coming to teach a course next semester @CliveDavisInst on Classic Albums!" to which Questlove replied saying “That's Professor ?uesto." You’ve been warned, students!
Amber Tamblyn and David Cross' wedding may well be up there with the coolest celebrity nuptials ever after details of their big day surfaced online. We say 'details', we were actually treated to an Instagram album thanks to The Roots musician Questlove, who documented the day on his smartphone!
The ceremony - dubbed The Wedding in the Woods in an Instagram hashtag - took place on Saturday (October 6, 2012) and played host to a plethora of celebrity guests including Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively, comedienne Amy Poehler, Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal. But that's not all; it seems the booked entertainment for the evening was equally as high profile, with rock filmmaker Lance Bangs sharing the details online, saying, "Yo La Tengo playing Superchunk, Mission of Burma, and Pixies covers at David and Amber's wedding." Cross' representative later confirmed to MTV News that Questlove also served as the evening's DJ.
Tamblyn, who next stars in Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained', accepted her husband's marriage proposal in 2011 after the pair had dated for several years. Cross is currently working on the highly anticipated 'Arrested Development' reunion series and movie.