Leonard “Hub” Hubbard joined The Roots in 1992, back when the Roots were just a really good local band and long before Questlove and friends showed up on America’s television screens five nights a week with Jimmy Fallon. But Hubbard left the group in 2007 after a cancer diagnosis, and now he is taking Questlove and others to court. Read more »
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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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 »
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:
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.
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.
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.