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.
'Mood. I've never been so insecure or petty as to deny a fellow musician use of ANY of my equipment (or my band's equipment - or resources or contacts or knowledge or ANYTHING)', he said in the post. 'It angers me when that same courtesy is not reciprocated... Keeping a level head and not being self destructive is a weak point I'm working on. But I'm also keeping it true: The Roots/Bilal/Kimbra... pulled out of these Bowie gigs. We have patience. But we do NOT have patience for the #B**chassness. Enjoy your precious equipment.'
Despite the spat, Questlove's music site Okayplayer remains the sole media partner for the shows and producer Michael Dorf has weighed in on the situation, confessing that he hopes it well yet be resolved. 'There was some confusion over the drum kit tonight unfortunately', he told Mashable yesterday (March 29th). 'Hopefully, all will be OK tomorrow.'
There are around twenty bands set to play the shows including The Flaming Lips, Debbie Harry, Pixies, Michael Stipe and Cyndi Lauper, but as a schedule has not been announced yet, we've no clue as to who Questlove's anger may be directed at.