The Roots to Retire, Become Jimmy Fallon’s House Band

Last weekend, Nah Right posted a YouTube clip of The Roots allegedly announcing their retirement from touring — in order to become the house band for Jimmy Fallon when he takes over Late Night next year.

But the video was taken down and neither the band or NBC have issued any further word.

Could this really be the end of the illadelph dynasty?

Last night in Chicago The Roots announced that they will be retiring from touring EFFECTIVE March 2009. The move is being made to accommodate their new Night Gig as the house band for Jimmy Fallon when he replaces Conan O’Brien as the host of Late Night in March of 2009. Conan will be moved to the Tonight Show.

On the one hand this sucks because, despite The Roots status as the touringest group in Hip-Hop history, and despite the numerous live shows I’ve attended, I have never seen a proper live Roots performance. How is that possible? I don’t know, but I need to make sure I hit one up before March. I know it’s a temporary retirement, but if Fallon’s ratings are good, it could be a while.

Gawker speculates on the rumours and hints that the rumour “probably is” true.

This past weekend, a hip hop blog called Nah Right posted a YouTube interview with ?uestlove, a member of hip hop live band supergroup The Roots. And he said that The Roots were retiring from touring in order to become the house band for Jimmy Fallon when he takes over Conan O’Brien‘s late night show next year. But that video was quickly pulled, so everyone has been scrambling to find out whether this apocalyptic… thing is actually true. NBC has no official comment, but we hear that it probably is. Essaywhuman?!!!??! This is one of those things that proves you’re getting old.

I’ve never had a group that I actually like go the late night house band route. Springsteen fans saw Max Weinberg take his act to Conan’s show; and I’m sure there were some jazz heads who were flabbergasted to see their main man Kevin Eubanks signing up with Jay Leno. But The Roots? The Illadelph generals opening up for that stuttering mop-headed ball of suck, Jimmy Fallon? It’s kind of tragic.

I have to agree.

I’ve loved The Roots since day one — but it’s going to be an awkward and bizarre transition to witness their ‘next movement’ from the live stage to the NBC studio soundstage.

We’ll be updating this story as we learn more about the band’s television plans.

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