The Roots Drop Out Of Bowie Tribute Shows Because Of Producers’ Bitchassness

The Roots were supposed to perform at both of the all-star David Bowie tribute concerts at NYC’s Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall this weekend, but now it looks like that won’t be happening. Tonight, Questlove revealed on Instagram that the Roots, Bilal, and Kimbra are all dropping out of the show, citing an unspecified dispute over the use of shared equipment and the producers’ general “bitchassness.” As he puts it, “We have patience. But we do NOT have patience for the #Bitchassness.” Read his full post 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.