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David Bowie Tribute Organiser Wants The Roots To Return


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Band member Questlove took to Instagram on Wednesday night (30Mar16) and revealed his group had pulled out of the Music Of David Bowie charity function due to a "b**tcha**" attitude from other musicians surrounding the sharing of equipment.

And although Questlove didn't name names during his social media outburst, concert manager Michael Dorf suggests another band may have been the cause of the problem.

"There was a miscommunication about the use of the Holy Holy's drum kit last night on the tight City Winery stage for the rehearsal show," he wrote in a statement released to Billboard on Thursday (31Mar16).

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The Roots Pull Out Of David Bowie Shows After Equipment Dispute


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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.

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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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The Roots Cancel David Bowie Tribute Appearances


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The band was originally booked to play sets at The Music of David Bowie events this Thursday and Friday (31Mar-1Apr16) at New York City's Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, respectively.

And although the prestigious affair boasts performances from the likes of The Pixies, Cyndi Lauper, the Mountain Goats, Michael Stipe, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Debbie Harry, Perry Farrell, Flaming Lips and Jakob Dylan, The Roots will not be there.

Questlove took to Instagram on Wednesday (30Mar16) to explain the reasons why the band pulled out, noting stupid feuds over the use of equipment was the primary cause of their cancellation.

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Questlove Pays Tribute To Late Singer Father


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Andrews, lead singer of the doo-wop quintet Lee Andrews & the Hearts, passed away on Wednesday, aged 79. The group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania enjoyed hits in the 1950s with tracks Try the Impossible, Long Lonely Nights and Teardrops.

He left the band to go solo and later formed the group Congress Alley with his wife Jacquelin Thompson, and they brought their son Ahmir Khalib Thompson, known as Questlove, to their shows, inspiring his music career.

Questlove, joint frontman and drummer of The Roots, the house band for U.S. program The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, wrote an emotional tribute to his father on Instagram alongside a slideshow video showing images from Andrews' time with the Hearts.

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Jazz Roots: Frank Sinatra Jr. Sings Sinatra, A Multimedia Centennial Celebration

Frank Sinatra Jr. - Jazz Roots: Frank Sinatra Jr. Sings Sinatra, a Multimedia Centennial Celebration at the Knight Concert Hall within the Adrienne Arsht Center at Adrienne Arsht Center Knight Hall - Miami, Florida, United States - Friday 11th March 2016

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Frank Sinatra and Roots
Frank Sinatra and Roots
Frank Sinatra and Roots
Frank Sinatra and Roots

Jazz Roots: Frank Sinatra Jr. Sings Sinatra, A Multimedia Centennial Celebration

Frank Sinatra Jr. - Jazz Roots: Frank Sinatra Jr. Sings Sinatra, a Multimedia Centennial Celebration at the Knight Concert Hall within the Adrienne Arsht Center at Adrienne Arsht Center Knight Hall - Miami, Florida, United States - Friday 11th March 2016

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The Roots Sued By Former Band Member


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Bassist Leonard Hubbard is suing his former bandmates and their current manager, claiming he was forced to leave the group after he was diagnosed with blood cancer multiple myeloma in 2007.

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50 Cent's Hotel Smelled Of 'weed'


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50 Cent chilled with DJ Skitz in a hotel that ''stunk of weed''.

The 'P.I.M.P' hitmaker hung out with the 'Where My Mind Is At' producer, who claimed the rapper's entire hotel floor was filled with the smell of marijuana when he visited the UK.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, Skitz recalld: ''Literally you got to his floor, the lift opened and there was people smoking weed, there was a butler there giving everyone champagne, the whole hotel stunk of weed but just on that one floor. It was a family vibe, and there was extended family just running around in the corridor.''

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Questlove Writing Good Food Book


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The drummer and author's Something to Food About: Exploring Creativity with America's Most Innovative Chefs will chronicle his favourite places to eat and the cooks who run the kitchens.

Announcing the news on Monday (26Oct15), he tweeted, "Number 3! Just about finished."

The book will be his third, and follow the success of Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove and Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation.

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Samsung Hope For Children Gala - Arrivals

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Samsung Hope For Children Gala 2015

The Roots - Samsung Hope For Children Gala 2015 - Red Carpet Arrivals at Hammerstein Ballroom - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 17th September 2015

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Malachi Kirby Cast As Kunta Kinte In Roots Remake


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The Gone Too Far star will play Kunta Kinte in the TV miniseries based on Alex Haley's 1976 book, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, which inspired the original 1977 series.

Levar Burton played the role in the original version.

Laurence Fishburne will also appear in the remake as author Alex Haley.

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Jimmy Fallon Sings With U2


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Jimmy Fallon sang with U2 in New York last night (22.07.15).

The 42-year-old talk show host - who recently underwent hand surgery after a fall at home - was invited on stage at Madison Square Garden by the Irish rockers, and joined them in a rendition of their hit 'Desire'.

Jimmy - who was in the audience holding a sign which read ''Singer with a broken finger - first poked fun at the group, who were forced to cancel a week-long residency on his talk show last year after Bono was injured in a cycling accident.

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U2 Invite The Roots And Jimmy Fallon Onstage At New York Gig


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The Beautiful Day hitmakers were performing for the third night of an eight-part series at Madison Square Garden in the Big Apple when they invited funnyman Fallon and his show's house band The Roots on to the stage.

The Tonight Show star poked fun at his recent hand injury, which left him at risk of having a finger amputated, by walking on stage holding a sign that read: "Singer with a broken finger."

The Roots then teamed up with U2 to perform a rendition of their 1988 hit Angel of Harlem.

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Nickelodeon Halo Awards

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