WATCH: Adele Sings “Hello” With The Roots On Toy Instruments

Every once in a while Jimmy Fallon brings on a singer who has a huge hit and has her/him sing it with him and The Roots playing along on classroom instruments. Mariah Carey once sang “All I Want For Christmas,” Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines” and Madonna did “Holiday.”

Last night, British songbird Adele stopped by to sing her current hit that has changed the way we’ll greet people for years to come: “Hello.” As you can probably imagine, she tears it up. Check it out below. You’ll love it — even if you’re sick to death of hearing the song.

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INTERVIEW: Patti LaBelle Says Her Next Venture Is to Record With Adele

Adele via Wikimedia Commons / Patti LaBelle via Shutterstock

Adele via Wikimedia Commons / Patti LaBelle via Shutterstock

Patti LaBelle has been enjoying a new round of publicity of late, thanks in no small part to her Patti LaBelle-branded sweet potato pies at Walmart and the viral video that helped the mega-chain sell 2.3 million pies in one weekend. We caught up with the Wynnewood resident on Monday afternoon to talk about the pie business, Questlove and Adele. Read more »

Questlove Laments Loss of Legendary Dobbs and North Star Bar in Philly


Photo of Questlove by Jeff Fusco

Over the past two weeks, it was announced that two legendary Philly music venues would be closing their doors. First it was North Star Bar, which will remain open as a eat-and-drink-only establishment, and yesterday, South Street’s Legendary Dobbs (formerly known as J.C. Dobbs) informed us on Facebook that it’s closing for good. As we wrote, both establishments had their flaws, but they both played home to a handful of major bands before they were famous. The White Stripes played at North Star Bar in 2001, and J.C. Dobbs hosted everyone from Nirvana, Green Day, the Indigo Girls and, according to Questlove’s Instagram account, they put the Roots on stage when few others in the city would.

Today, Questlove shared a photo of a Nirvana/The Melvins ticket stub from J.C. Dobbs in 1991. Along with it, he shared this memory of coming up in Philly’s music scene:

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Jimmy Fallon to Induct the Roots Into the Philly Walk of Fame


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The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon will zip down to Philly after a taping of his show on Monday to speak at a special ceremony inducting his house band, the Roots, into the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s Walk of Fame. The sold-out gala is taking place on October 26th at the Fillmore.

Fallon’s participation in the event has become somewhat of a Tonight Show tradition. Johnny Carson was here in 1989 when Ed McMahon was inducted, and, in 2010, Jay Leno‘s longtime music director Kevin Eubanks scored a plaque along the Avenue of the Arts.

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Questlove Joins Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership Board of Directors

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Questlove has his hands in lots of pots, but between being part of one of the most respected bands in hip-hop, writing books and serving as The Tonight Show house band drummer, he never seems to forget where his, um, roots. He brings his talents to Philly often, recently DJing at the brand new Fillmore and, of course there’s the Roots Picnic, but he’s aware of his civic duties to the city, too. Case in point: Today, the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP) announced that Questlove has joined their Board of Directors.

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Art Garfunkel Sings With the Roots on The Tonight Show

Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, legendary singer-songwriter Art Garfunkel joined Philly’s Questlove and Black Thought (aka the Roots as Black Simon and Garfunkel) for a rendition of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” As Pitchfork points out, the breathy performance is worthy of classic Simon and Garfunkel, and they even throw in a little of 1970 S&G hit “The Boxer” at the end. Check it out above.

WATCH: Justin Bieber Beats Questlove in Drum-Off

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Sunday night, Justin Bieber grabbed the world’s attention when he shed tears on stage at the VMAs, but later in the week, he was making Questlove cry.

The Biebs stopped by the Tonight Show Wednesday to talk about his VMA performance and what he’s up to next. Before he left, host Jimmy Fallon reminded him of a drum-off he and Questlove had five years ago, in which the Philly-born drummer triumphed.

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WATCH: Don Rickles Insults Questlove on The Tonight Show

Legendary comedian Don Rickles has made a career out of ribbing people—so much so that, in the comedy world, it’s considered a badge of honor to take an insult from the 89-year-old funny man. But his no-holds-barred jabs aren’t restricted to comedians. Last night, before he even got comfortable in his seat on the Tonight Show, he went straight for house drummer and Philly native Questlove, who had just finished playing Rickles’ intro music with the Roots.

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