A planned reunion gig by Run-DMC at this summer’s Roots Picnic has been scrapped, drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson revealed today during a live interview with Billboard.com. Instead, The Roots will serve as backing band for a trio of Wu-Tang Clan members: Ghostface, Method Man and Raekwon.
Vampire Weekend will headline the third annual Roots Picnic, which will also feature a performance by the Philadelphia-based Roots plus two associated side projects from drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and rapper Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. The event will be held June 5 at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier; tickets are on sale via LiveNation.com.
Also on the bill are Clipse, Mayer Hawthorne, Nneka, the Very Best, Tuneyards, Das Racist, Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew and Pattern Is Movement. In addition, Questlove will play a set with fellow Philadelphia native DJ Jazzy Jeff, while Black Thought will perform with his side project the Money Making Jam Boys, which also features Dice Raw and Truck North.
Thompson also discussed the band’s current studio projects including albums with Booker T. Jones and John Legend as well the group’s own long-delayed album “How I Got Over” which will now come out June 8 on Def Jam.