Billboard reports that Roots manager and producer Richard Nichols passed away today in a hospital in Philadelphia after struggling with leukemia. The Roots issued the following statement:
The Roots Family are devastated to announce the passing of Richard Nichols, the band’s longtime manager, after a long battle with leukemia. Nichols, 55, a Philadelphia native, managed the band from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of The Roots’ creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades. Nichols is survived by his wife, Mercedes Martinez, his sons Amiri Nichols and Rakim Nichols, his sisters Rochelle Nichols-Solomon, Rebecca Dennis, his brothers Russell Nichols and Reginald Nichols, and the many individuals and artists he mentored in his lifetime.
Read the rest of Billboard’s report here.
Yesterday, when posting a video of Philly comedian Kevin Hart riding a roller coaster with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, writer Victor Fiorillo made a suggestion: “Let’s get Questlove and Fallon to ride the vomit-inducing Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom at Great Adventure.”
This morning he gets his wish. Well sort of. Questlove and The Roots took their turn on the Universal Studios version of Zumanjaro: Dr. Doom’s Fearfall. And it was captured on tape and shown last night on The Tonight Show. Check out the clip above.
Philly Roots drummer Questlove is on a roll: He’s getting all sorts of spotlight treatment on Jimmy Fallon, he just played a corpse on Law and Order: SVU, and now HitFix reports that he’ll be producing a new show on VH1 hosted by Diplo, and starring a who’s who of the music industry:
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So yes, the Vetri Great Chefs event is coming up on June 10. Yes, there’s going to be an afterparty at Alla Spina. And yes, Questlove will be DJing. VIP tickets (which are the only way to get access to the afterparty, short of becoming a Great Chefs sponsor) are $525 apiece and can be gotten through the Vetri Foundation website. Expensive, sure, but that’s the only way you’ll get to see Questlove, hang out with Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Jonathan Waxman, and feel like one of the city’s power players.
It’s also the only way you’ll get to taste Brad Spence’s 200lb mortadella cooked inside a Victory Brewing fermenting cask.
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Questo just announced Roots next album, …..and then you shoot your cousin, via the above Instagram image. He captioned it, “Our 16th album will be available May 19th . It’s on Def Jam Recordings. This is a Romare Bearden collage called “Pittsburgh Memory,” done 50 years ago in 1964. Most people who have seen it tell me that it reminds them of our “Do You Want More?!!?!!!!” cover from ’94. There are similar elements but alas … night and day.
To pre-order, go to okayplayer.com.
After last night’s Nirvana reunion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Questlove posted this selfie with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, and, randomly, the producer of Yo Gabba Gabba, on his Instagram feed with the following text:
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Questlove of the Roots lists his ten favorite restaurants across the world for Vanity Fair. And the globe-trotting drummer gives a shoutout to his hometown and Zahav. It joins the likes of Chicago’s Next, Paris’s Le P’tit Bercy and Tokyo’s Sukiyabashi Jiro.
Questlove’s Top 10 Restaurants [Vanity Fair]
Last night on The Tonight Show, regulars Jimmy Fallon and Questlove teamed up with guests Lena Dunham (Girls) and Hugh Dancy (Hannibal) for a game of Pyramid. Fallon used the opportunity to plug Questo’s portrayal of a dead body on Law & Order: SVU, which airs tonight at 9 p.m. on NBC.
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Last night on The Tonight Show, The Roots’ Questlove and Kirk Douglas got together for their recurring Black Simon & Garfunkel spoof to perform a cover of Lorde’s “Royals.” The New Zealand pop singer has had lots of local coverage lately, actually. A few weeks ago Bruce Springsteen sang the song at a concert in Auckland.