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The Roots (Black Thought, Questlove, Kamal Gray, Frank "Knuckles" Walker, Captain Kirk Douglas, Damon "Tuba Gooding Jr." Bryson, James Poyser and Mark Kelley) on the red carpet for the 2016 BET Awards Arrivals held at at the Microsoft Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th June 2016

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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.

QuestloveQuestlove 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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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

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

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

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

Tony Bennett , The Roots - Samsung Hope For Children Gala held at the Hammerstein Ballroom - Arrivals at Hammerstein Ballroom - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 17th September 2015

Tony Bennett and The Roots
Tony Bennett and Susan Crow

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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Madonna Joins Jimmy Fallon And The Roots For A Classroom Rendition Of 'Holiday' [Video]


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Remember those totally unusable instruments you were given for music class in elementary school? Well, it turns out, they're not so unusable after all - Jimmy Fallon enlists Madonna and The Roots and his collection of children's music things in an epic new video.

Madonna at the 2015 Brit AwardsMadonna performs 'Holiday' with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots

You never see real musicians using the likes of maracas, cowbells, glockenspiels or tambourines in their compositions (not often, anyway) so why do teachers expect children to learn the art of music making this way? Well, legendary neo-soul collective The Roots and Queen of Pop Madonna have proved on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' that with proper execution these instruments aren't so lame after all.

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Jimmy Fallon's Lip-Sync Battle Becomes Super Bowl XLIX Comedy Highlight


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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.

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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.

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Video - Nick Jonas Makes An Appearance At The Nickelodeon Halo Awards


The Nickelodeon HALO Awards at Pier 36 saw a host of celebrities arrive to honour the children who inspired by Helping And Leading Others. Amongst the stars were Nick Jonas, British pop band The Vamps (consisting of Connor Ball, Tristan Evans, James McVey and Brad Simpson), and the HALO winners themselves, Yash Gupta, Alanna Wall, Cassandra Lin, Nicholas Lowinger and Lulu Cerone.

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Musicians, Celebrities And World Leaders Unite To Fight Poverty At Global Citizen Festival


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So there’s SXSW for the hipsters, Coachella for the fashionable crowd… and then there’s the Global Citizen music festival, which has a different vibe altogether. Held in Central Park, the third annual event featured the likes of Beyonce, Jay Z, Alicia Keys, No Doubt, Sting and fun. The star-packed festival is free to attend and sets itself the ambitious goal of “erasing poverty by 2030.”

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After their On The Run success, Bey and Jay graced the Central Park stage in honor of a good cause.

So here’s how it works. The acts all performed for free, with brief speeches by the likes of Jessica Alba, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde speaking in between performances. It was an exercise in raising awareness and putting pressure on world leaders to enact more effective policies on equality. Attendees were also encouraged to take the pledge, which would earn them points to put towards VIP entry.

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Foo Fighters, The Roots Added To 2014 Super Bowl Weekend Lineup


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Super Bowl weekend just got a whole lot more interesting. The Foo Fighters and The Roots were both just added to the festivities, according to Spin.

Foo FightersThe Foo Fighters performing in London

The Foo Fighters are set to perform on February 1st, the day before the game, along with the Zac Brown Band. While the pairing may seem a little odd, the bands are actually friends. Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters produced Brown's last EP. The Foo Fighters are currently working on a new album, and said to expect a "little secret" very, very soon.

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Pure Jokes On Blue Paper - Jimmy Fallon's Perfectly Crafted 'Breaking Bad' Spoof


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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.

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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.”

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Is Chris Christie's Appearance On 'The Michael J. Fox Show' An Election Ploy?


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New Jersey governor Chris Christie is to appear on Michael J Fox's eponymous new sitcom, following his numerous late-night TV appearances, including Saturday Night Live. Christie's office confirmed reports that the Republican politician will make a cameo on an episode sometime this fall, though NBC is yet to announce the air date of the episode, according to Zap2it.com.

The Michael J. Fox Show is an anticipated sitcom set for later this year on which the legendary actor plays a sports-caster with Parkinson's disease who returns to work. Clearly, the show is partly based on Fox's real-life.

There is no word yet on what Christie will do on the show as himself, though seen as though he's running for second term as governor on November 5, it may well have a political aspect to it. There's been plenty of buzz about The Michael J. Fox Show and should it pass the critical test, it should be a stroke of genius for Christie and his team - in terms of a re-election.

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Andrew W.K. Completes 24-Hour Drumming Marathon, With A Little Help From His Friends


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Andrew W.K. isn't you're conventional musician, he's more of a vagabond who travels through as many musical landscapes as is humanly possible, bringing his own party-loving twist to every place he visits on his musical quest. His latest stop off was to exemplify just how much of a badass he is behind a drum set, so the 'Party Hard' singer organised a full 24-hour drumming marathon, enlisting the help of some famous faces to help him see out the full stretch.

Performing as part of the O Music Awards, Andrew began the marathon on Wednesday (June 19) night, bringing in the help of ?Uestlove and the Red Hot Chilli Pepper's Chad Smith to see the marathon off when his arms became too heavy to keep going. The day-long record breaking feat - breaking the record for the longest amount of time spent playing the drums in a retail store - was held in Times Square and streamed live as part of the O Music Awards' live stream.

"WE DID IT!!! 24 HOURS OF DRUMMING!!!" the rocker and motivational speaker tweeted on Thursday (June 20) night, adding, "Remember... I didn't do it, WE did it. You were with me every beat. I feel very emotional and party."

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Bestival Line Up And Ticket Information - 5-8th September 2013

Posted on 31 January 2013

Bestival Line Up And Ticket Information - 5-8th September 2013

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