David Bowie Tributes Get Smaller as the Roots Pull Out

The David Bowie tributes tonight and tomorrow night in New York just had their performers lists shortened with the exit of the Roots and their associated acts.

It's not totally clear who offended the normally very giving and friendly group, but it appears to be over the use of equipment, something that needs to be easy to access with little or no set-up time when you are trying to get so many artists on and off stage.

Questlove wrote on Instagram:
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.

For those who know Questlove, this had to be a very contentious situation. The man is one of the great representatives of the music community and one of the most knowledgeable people out there.

The current lineups for the two nights:

Thursday Night
  • Patti Smith
  • Pixies
  • Michael Stipe
  • Debbie Harry & Matt Katz-Bohen
  • The Flaming Lips
  • J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr)
  • The Roots featuring Tariq & Bilal
  • Perry Farrell
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Cat Power
  • Laurie Anderson
  • Robyn Hitchcock
  • Eugene Hütz of Gogol Bordello
  • Jakob Dylan
  • Bettye LaVette
  • The Mountain Goats
  • Ann Wilson of Heart
  • Rickie Lee Jones
  • Holy Holy
  • Choir! Choir! Choir! & New York City Youth Chorus
Friday Night
  • Pixies
  • Blondie
  • Michael Stipe
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Esperanza Spalding
  • J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr)
  • The Roots featuring Tariq & Bilal
  • Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio)
  • Perry Farrell
  • Ron Pope
  • Cat Power
  • Jakob Dylan
  • The Polyphonic Spree
  • Jherek Bischoff, Amanda Palmer & Anna Calvi w/ Kronos Quartet
  • Donny McCaslin Group w/ Mark Guiliana, Jason Lindner, and Tony Visconti
  • Ann Wilson of Heart
  • Rickie Lee Jones
  • Holy Holy
  • Choir! Choir! Choir! & New York City Youth Chorus
The shows can be streamed at musicofdavidbowie.com for $5 with the proceeds going to a list of beneficiaries including the Melodic Caring Project, Grammy in the Schools and The Center for Arts Education.

1 comment

Anonymous said...

Typical nog wanting to use someone else's stuff for free..

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