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03-02-2009, 11:26 AM
The Roots Get New Late Night Gig, Album and Tour Update

The Roots are currently working on their next album but their main focus is their new job as the house band for "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." The show debuts on NBC March 2.

?uestlove said "this isn't the end of a sentence. It's just another step; time for another challenge. This will show that there is absolutely no challenge or obstacle we can't master. It's just part of the ongoing, linear voyage of The Roots."

The Roots' late-night move follows the group's stint as musical supervisors for a couple of seasons on Dave Chappelle's Comedy Central" show "Chappelle's Show." It was "Chappelle's Show" co-creator Neal Brennan who recommended The Roots as Fallon's house band.

In addition to playing walk-on and bumper music, the group will back the show's musical guests. The first week's music lineup includes rapper Ludacris.

Recording for the next Roots album began a couple of weeks ago. But Thompson and Trotter both say they probably won't get knee-deep into the recording process until a month or two from now. Plans are to release the album this year. Debuting in 1993 with "Organix," The Roots have sold 4 million albums in the U.S. per Nielsen SoundScan. The group's biggest seller: 1999's "Things Fall Apart" (915,000 units).

In the meantime, the group will continue to tour and perform weekend shows. Thompson and Trotter say the band is already booked for the six weeks it will have off from the show. On the heels of Fallon's late-night debut, The Roots are set to perform at Power Shift '09, the national youth summit in Washington, D.C. (Feb. 27-March 2).

Source: Billboard.com

Olive Oil Goombah
03-02-2009, 01:44 PM
right on bro!!!!!!