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