Roots to be Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night" Band

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According to this horrible-quality video shot backstage at a Roots show a couple days ago, The Roots will be retiring from touring... to become Jimmy Fallon's band on Late Night. Now there's one you didn't see coming.

Edited to add ?uest's comments on Okayplayer.com:

yeah its hard to make this announcement
cause its not like we wanted to pull the heartstrings on some "this is our last tour" cause we will forever do gigs....i mean people east of chicago shouldn't fear and im certain that on weekends we could trek to an occasional seattle or diego.

but obviously europe and abroad could miss out (then again 10 weeks off and once he gets nuff reruns under his belt could mean more gig time.)

i see the possible chance of this being a "bigger" move...but on the real? i dont know if i want to be 40 on the road and single no more. and with the kids my group has now getting older, its harder for the guys to leave more than it was when the kids were 2 and 3. and i cant even start to go on that path til a woman takes me seriously. and aint noone taking a man serious who is in his own home for only 3 months out the year. i been in my crib since 2006 and i STILL aint unpack everything yet.

i pray this show dont take the chevy road just yet. imma love my new home at 30 rock. 2 visits and im already on first name basis with the snl cats.

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Whoa.

Seriously?!Wow. I assumed this was a goof but it definitely seems real..Suddenly wishing I had grabbed tickets for their show here on Monday... damn you, Fleet Foxes.

God. Don't remind us that Jimmy Fallon exists.

This has to be a joke. There's no way. If I heard that ?uestlove was going to be heading Fallon's Late Night band, I might believe it, but for The Roots to just give up touring for Fallon is not possible. They aren't really suited for thirty second bits of interstitial music. What is going on? I can't think straight anymore.

agreed. I don't think this is real, or it isn't official yet. Okayplayer.com removed the story from the site after having a story and the video up this morning. And now the video of ?uestlove is no longer on YouTube. Seems kind of odd to me...

This is just fucking odd.Can they at least have one day a week devoted to a Peedi guest spot?

Don't worry. It's Jimmy Fallon. It's not possible for his show to last too long.

"i see the possible chance of this being a "bigger" move...but on the real? i dont know if i want to be 40 on the road and single no more."... yeah, but does he want to be confined to the same studio four days a week? Committing to this kind of gig seems hazardous to one's mental health. The roots should try and go for a one-year contract, and decide from there if they want to continue. (Yeah, I know, it probably doesn't work that way).I'm gonna give Jimmy Fallon the benefit of the doubt. I just hope he doesn't do his stupid song parodies like he did on Weekend Update.