The Roots have unexpectedly pulled out of their scheduled performance at the upcoming David Bowie tribute shows in New York City. The famous Philadelphia group was originally slated to take the stage at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall tonight (March 31) and April 1 as part of the David Bowie all-star tribute service that was announced back in January. Questlove announced the news on his personal Instagram last night, writing, “I've never been so insecure or petty as to deny a fellow musician use of ANY of my equipment (or my band's equipment—-or resources or contacts or knowledge or ANYTHING) it angers me when that same courtesy is not reciprocated.” He went on to say that the Roots along with Bilal, Kimbra, Wendy Melvoin, DD Jackson, and Ray Angry would not be performing at either tribute concert. “We have patience. But we do NOT have patience for the#Bitchassness. Enjoy your precious equipment,” he concluded the post.
Mumford & Sons, Michael Stipe, Cyndi Lauper, the Mountain Goats, Heart's Ann Wilson, Perry Farrell, Jakob Dylan, and others are all still set to perform, according to the event's website. The page asks that people who wish to stream the performances make a donation to support one of their charity partners including the Melodic Caring Project, Grammy in the Schools, and Young Audiences New York. Fans will be able to stream the event titled, “The Music of David Bowie,” on the website here. You can read Questlove's full announcement below.
Mood. I've never been so insecure or petty as to deny a fellow musician use of ANY of my equipment (or my band's equipment—-or resources or contacts or knowledge or ANYTHING) it angers me when that same courtesy is not reciprocated. (Believe you me I was about to get #TomPetty or #PettyWap or #PetRockAndCLSmooth or #BlackPetty or however you wanna roll wit it)—keeping a level head and not being self destructive is a weak point I'm working on. But I'm also keeping it true: The Roots/Bilal/Kimbra (w/ Wendy Melvoin, DD Jackson & Ray Angry) pulled out of these Bowie gigs. We have patience. But we do NOT have patience for the #Bitchassness. Enjoy your precious equipment.
A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on Mar 30, 2016 at 4:42pm PDT