The Roots’ Questlove
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Roots drummer and “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” bandleader Questlove did a live Billboard.com video interview on May 6 from backstage at the “Fallon” studio. He took your questions via Twitter, and divulged what its like working at “Fallon,” Roots Picnic and album plans, thoughts on Erykah Badu naked, ‘fro-care tips and much more. Video clips of full interview are posted below so you can check out all of the action.
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Come on back to Billboard.com next Tuesday (May 11 at 12:30pm EST) when we’ll do our next Live Q&A with multi-platinum singer Josh Groban. Tweet questions for him to @billboarddotcom using hashtag #bblivechat .
Q&A Pt. 1: Quest Talks about the history of the Roots.
Q&A Pt. 2: Questlove tells the story of how he got the gig as bandleader on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”
Q&A Pt. 3: Questlove divulges the fact that Run D.M.C. won’t be playing the Roots picnic on June 5 but members of the Wu-Tang Clan will be, how much he likes Dirty Projectors, and what goes into his drum sound.
Q&A Pt. 4: Quest talks about how Erykah Badu called him up right before doing her controversial nude video for “Window Seat,” why he likes his NBA Live avatar, and gives fans advice on drumming.
Q&A Pt. 5: Questlove talks about his ‘fro, shoes and clothes.
Q&A Pt. 6: Questlove gives details about the Roots’ album and the special guests who’ll be playing “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” during Rolling Stone week May 10-14.
Questlove is a Twitter ninja who interacts with his 1.3 million @questlove followers daily. And there are plenty of cool things going on with the prolific drummer and the “Fallon Show” these days. As Billboard recently reported, The Roots have been working on a new album that will feature John Legend and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James. The album is due later this year. The Roots are also the backing band on upcoming albums by Legend and Booker T. Meanwhile, Questlove will be holding down the musical fort at “Fallon” as a series of major acts including Phish and Green Day stop by May 10-14 to celebrate “Exile On Main Street” by covering Rolling Stones tunes from that classic album. And don’t miss the third annual Roots Picnic down at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on June 5. The Roots share headlining duties with Vampire Weekend, and the lineup also includes Clipse, Mayer Hawthorne, and a Wu-Tang/Roots jam Quest calls “Wu-Karaoke.”
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