The Roots Named House Band For 'Late Night'; Temporarily Retire From Touring

If you are a fan of The Roots, the last time to see them perform live may be during their upcoming tour of Europe, which kicks off November 11 in Switzerland.
According to sources, the revered Philadelphia Hip-Hop band will temporarily retire from touring in March of 2009.

While the news may be a disappointment for some, the reason for the decision is sure to delight fans of late night television.

The Roots will serve as the new house band for former Saturday Night Live actor Jimmy Fallon, when he replaces Conan O’Brien as host of Late Night on NBC in March of 2009.

O’Brien will be moved to The Tonight Show, where he will replace Jay Leno.

Last week, Fallon and The Roots traveled to the Delaware Valley, where they shoot a video at the Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia’s Fishtown section, to promote Late Nate.


At press time, The Roots could not be reached for comment.

The Roots’ European Tour dates are listed below:

11/17/2008-Winterthur, [email protected] Eulachhalle
11/18/2008-Geneva, [email protected] Salles des Fetes de Thoney
11/19/2008-Cologne, [email protected] E-Werk
11/21/2008-Lille, [email protected] perform @ Aeronef
11/23/2008-Copenhagen, [email protected] Vega
11/24/2008-Stockholm, [email protected] Berns
11/26/2008-Hamburg, [email protected] Docks
11/27/2008-Berlin< [email protected] Columbiahalle
11/28/2008-Warsaw, [email protected] Arena Ursynon
12/1/2008-Nottingham, [email protected] Rock City
12/2/2008-Manchester, [email protected] Academy
12/3/2008-Bristol, [email protected] Academy
12/5/2008-London, [email protected] The Forum
12/6/2008-London, [email protected] The Forum
12/7/2008-Brussels, [email protected] Ancienne Belgique
12/9/[email protected] Paradiso
12/10/[email protected] Paradiso