Madonna was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, and as you might expect she practically took over the whole show. Three Madge segments are making their way around the Internet this morning, including a performance of “Holiday” on toy instruments with Fallon and Philly’s The Roots. (What are those weird hand thingies Questlove is holding?)
Things are looking up for the Villanova piccolo girl, aka band member Roxanne Chalifoux. After the Wilcats were upset by N.C. State in the second round of the NCAA tournament, TV cameras showed Chalifoux crying while playing the piccolo. Everyone had a good laugh, and made a bunch of memes, because that’s what college sports are all about: Watching students cry after their dreams are crushed!
The Roots Picnic has quickly become one of Philly’s great summer concert traditions, a one-day, three-stage festival where the Roots come back to Philly and invite some of the best artists of all genres. Last year, The Roots were the backing band as Snoop Dogg ran through his hits. Biz Markie and Doug E. Fresh showed up. It was great. Read more »
WATCH: Jimmy Fallon, Questlove Sing “We Are the Champions” With Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera and More
Following last night’s Super Bowl Jimmy Fallon and The Roots paid tribute to the game by doing an a cappella version of Freddy Mercury’s “We Are the Champions” with a host of their famous friends—everyone from Sam Smith and Ariana Grande to Christina Aguilera. It’s a delightful watch for this oh-so-gloomy Monday. Check it out above.
In other Fallon Philly connections: Kevin Hart showed up to promote his latest film The Wedding Ringer, and got caught up in a lip sync battle with Fallon and Will Ferrell. Check that clip out below:
Much like their ditty with Mariah Caray last year, singing her infectious “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Jimmy Fallon and his Philly-bred house band, The Roots, teamed up with One Direction to sing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”—with toy instruments.
The guys add an extra special touch with their vert ugly Christmas sweaters, and lots of energy. Check out the video above.
Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Atlanta hip-hopper ILoveMakonnen (aka Makonnen Sheran) performed his much-raved-about “Club Going Up On a Tuesday” for the first time on television.
Pitchfork gave the tune “Best New Song” status in August, when it appeared on ILoveMakonnen’s latest EP, I Love Makonnen. There’s a remix featuring Drake, and Miley Cyrus has sung the song’s praises, but last night it was Philly’s The Roots who were there to back up ILoveMakonnen for his performance.
Check it out above.
woke up black. woke up sad……..again
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) November 25, 2014
You can follow Questlove on Twitter: @questlove.
The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon was left without a musical guest yesterday evening, when scheduled performers U2 had to cancel last minute. Bono couldn’t make it because he was in the hospital recovering from an injury he sustained from a cycling accident.) So instead of scheduling another act last minute, Fallon took an even better route: He and his house band—Philadelphia’s The Roots—performed as Bono and U2.
“We already have the best band in the world—The Roots are here every single night,” Fallon said, before slipping into Bono’s glasses and cap and taking to the stage to perform a spot-on cover of U2’s 1988 hit “Desire.” Give it a watch above.
The Roots Create Foundation to Help Students at Philly’s High School of Creative and Performing Arts
A recent $1.1-million budget cut at the Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) left the school void of 19 teachers and staff members since it was instated in 2012, plus the loss of a handful of clubs and extracurricular activities and, sadly, the school’s annual theater production.
So what’s a creative arts high school without all that?
WATCH: Bradley Cooper Imitates NY Accent, Tells You How to Shut Up a Giants Fan in New #FlyEaglesFly Video
(Editor’s Note: Ticket editor Josh Middleton has designated this Oct. 9 entry as one of the blog’s top posts for 2014.)
The Philadelphia Eagles released their latest #FlyEaglesFly video and this may be the best one yet. Just in time for this weekend’s face-off between longtime rivals the New York Giants, the ad features a voiceover by a pumped-up Bradley Cooper. “This is more than a mid-season matchup,” he says. “This is a street fight—Wall Street against Broad Street.”
He goes on to have a little fun with the piece, imitating a New York accent and offering advice on how to shut up a smack-talking Giants fan. Penn alum John Legend and Philly’s The Roots provide the background sounds. Give it a watch above.