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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Vivid Seats, a website for buying and selling music, sports and theater tickets, recently compiled a list of the 20 best North American cities for live music. It should come as no big surprise that Philly was at the top of that list. They analyzed factors like number of concerts and average ticket price for upcoming shows to rank the cities, all of them being from the U.S. except for Toronto. They noted that Philly was particularly great for genres like alternative, blues, jazz, country and folk.
Last night on The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon could barely contain himself when he announced to the audience that a new The Tonight Show-themed thrill ride will open at NBCU’s Universal Orlando Resort in 2017. It’s called “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on stage at the Fillmore. | Photo by HughE Dillon
JimmyFallon made an appearance last night at the Fillmore in Fishtown for the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s sold-out gala to induct The Roots and a handful of other local musical talents into the 2015 Walk of Fame.
The local-celeb-studded night was hosted by Saturday Night Live alum JoePiscopo and honored seven musical inductees, including disc jockey HarveyHoliday, glam rock band Cinderella and Asleep at the Wheel frontman RayBenson.
When it was time for Fallon to take the stage, he presented The Roots – his house band on The Tonight Show — with a plaque of their platinum albums and delivered a heartfelt speech about his journey with the band since their first meeting in 2008. He even tried out some Philly slang: “I don’t just see a band, I see my family,” Fallon said. “We’ve had some great times together. They can do anything. The Roots are my jawn.”
The Tonight Show host JimmyFallon 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. JohnnyCarson was here in 1989 when EdMcMahon was inducted, and, in 2010, Jay Leno‘s longtime music director KevinEubanks scored a plaque along the Avenue of the Arts.
Sunday night, JustinBieber 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 JimmyFallon reminded him of a drum-off he and Questlove had five years ago, in which the Philly-born drummer triumphed.
Via the Cincinnati Enquirer comes the story that Kasich, 63, wrote in his 2006 book Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul. According to Think Progress, he wrote he wanted to “give hip-hop a fair shake,” but quickly determined The Roots were not for him: Read more »
A few weeks ago, The Roots invited A$AP Rocky to Philadelphia to perform at the eighth annual Roots Picnic at Penn’s Landing. Last night, A$AP returned the favor by asking them on to come on stage to back him up on The Tonight Show as he rapped two of his latest singles, “L$D” and “Jukebox Joints.” The songs come from his sophomore album At. Long. Last. A$AP., which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Check out the performance above.
Musical parody duo Black Simon and Garfunkel (aka The Roots’ Questlove and Captain Kirk Douglas) covered Taylor Swift’s latest single “Bad Blood” on The Tonight Show Last Night. This is one of a handful of covers the pair has done, including Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lorde’s “Royals.” Check it out above.