?uestlove Announces Next Moves for The Roots
The above video popped up in this thread on the message boards Friday evening and took us by surprise. The news has been out for some time that come March 2009, SNL darling Jimmy Fallon will take Conan O'Brien's place on NBC's "The Late Show" when O'Brien succeeds Jay Leno as host of "The Tonight Show." Jimmy is a big fan of The Roots and for the last few months the Okayplayer staff has been aware of talks between Fallon and the Legendary to bring them on as the show's full time house band, effectively putting their non-stop touring schedule on hold for the first time in 18 years.
While we had yet to hear confirmation of this, ?uestlove aired out the news during an interview at The Roots show in Chicago this past Thursday, their last gig in the US before heading to Europe to close out the year. The move would mean significantly less live concerts for The Roots, but not end them completely. For example, the band continues with plans for their second annual Roots Picnic festival that will once again go down in Philly mid-Summer 2009.