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Here’s a super cool interview with drummer Ahmir Thompson from The Roots, talking about their decision to join Jimmy Fallon and the implications of that.

HT: my black friend

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U2 beginning their week-long stand on Letterman…

and… check out Jimmy Fallon and the Roots slow-jamming the news.

Tonight is the official launch of NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as the torch passes from Leno to Conan and from Conan to Fallon.  I’m excited about this for a few reasons…

a) Jay Leno is not funny as a talk show host, and having Conan instead will be cool…
b) Max Weinberg will stay on with Conan, so we don’t lose that great band in the crossover…
and, the best part…
c) Hip-hop giants “The Roots” will be the new house band for Jimmy Fallon’s show.

The Roots totally rule.  I’m pumped to hear how they handle a house band gig, and the super-boss Questlove plays drums with them, so it’ll be cool to hear him playing the various styles and feels required in doing television music.  I just read a cool interview with Questlove about how the band has been preparing for the gig, and how it might affect their future as an autonomous band themselves (with regard to records and touring).

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