Band had been scheduled to play two gigs in New York this week
The Roots‘ bandleader Questlove has announced that he and his group will no longer play a pair of David Bowie tribute concerts this week.
The hip hop/neo soul band were scheduled to play two Bowie tribute gigs at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York, taking place on Thursday (March 31) and Friday (April 1) respectively.
However, Questlove has taken to Instagram to reveal that neither The Roots, Kimbra or Bilal will play the shows, citing the “bitchassness” of others as the reason for their decision.
He wrote: “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.”
“Keeping a level head and not being self destructive is a weak point I’m working on. But I’m also keeping it true… We have patience. But we do not have patience for the #Bitchassness. Enjoy your precious equipment.”
See the post in full 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.
Patti Smith, Pixies, Cat Power and Debbie Harry will play the first Bowie tribute show, while REM’s Michael Stipe, Mumford and Sons, Blondie and Cat Power will perform at the second.
Bowie passed away in January at the age of 69.