By Hayden Wright
Questlove announced that The Roots will drop out of David Bowie tribute concerts following a dispute over equipment at Radio City Music Hall.
In an Instagram post, Quest breaks down the “bitchassness” that led to their decision: It sounds like the Roots were denied use of sound or music equipment. In the spirit of generosity, Questlove affirmed that he never denies fellow musicians the liberty to borrow his gear for performances, and characterized his experience with Bowie tribute organizers as “petty.”
“But I’m also keeping it true: The Roots/Bilal/Kimbra (w/ Wendy Melvoin, DD Jackson & Ray Angry) pulled out of these Bowie gigs,” he wrote. “We have patience. But we do NOT have patience for the #Bitchassness. Enjoy your precious equipment.”
The engagements are scheduled tonight and tomorrow night and also feature Michael Stipe—who appeared alongside Quest and the Roots on Jimmy Fallon this week. See the full statement here:
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.