December 10, 2008 / 1:39 AM / 10 years ago

The Roots named house band for NBC's Fallon talker

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Cult hip-hop band the Roots will serve as the house band on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” which premieres March 2 on NBC. Fallon, who is filling the slot to be vacated by Conan O’Brien, made the announcement Monday on the show’s newly launched Web site.

Fallon is taking over “Late Night” for Conan O’Brien, who is in turn taking over “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno.

The Roots will get in a handful of live dates before taping begins on the show, including December 30 in Atlantic City, N.J., and a four-date run in Japan in mid-January.


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