?uestlove on The Roots Becoming Jimmy Fallon’s House Band
Pitchfork has a lengthy interview with ?uestlove today, and he talks briefly about The Roots becoming Fallon’s house band:
In 2007, the road was really taking a toll on us. Some people in the group have kids, and those kids weren’t newborn babies anymore; the goodbyes at the airport and the tour bus started becoming unbearable to watch. So my manager and I were always like, “If there was only a way for us to maintain the same money that we’re earning now, but stay in one place.”
There are only two places in the United States that would let us do a residency that long: Vegas and Atlantic City. I don’t think any of us were ready to be like, “OK, don’t forget to try the fish sticks. Now, here’s Otto the Singing Magician!” at the Showboat in Atlantic City. Ironically, I had just got a house in Los Angeles when I met Fallon. Cut to five months later, and I’m getting rid of that house and coming back to the East Coast.
Don’t you love it when things just work out?