Questo Says NBC Now Clears His ‘Fallon’ Walk-On Songs
NBC is now clearing the Roots' walk-on songs for guests on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' following the controversy in which the band played Fishbone's 'Lyin' A--- B----h when Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann appeared on the show.
The Roots drummer Questlove told the Associated Press (via Billboard) he now has to get his song choices approved by the bosses at the peacock network. "It's still a comedy show, so they promise not to step on my toes or that type of thing," he says. "But they definitely want to know the title of the song, the subject matter of the song, can it be seen as an insult?"
“It was kind of wrong for me to throw (NBC) under the bus without telling them what it was, so I understand from a business standpoint,” Quest adds.
Since the controversial song gaffe, Quest has been feeling the heat. The musician had to block more than 3,500 Twitter followers who lashed out at him on his timeline. "Blocking 3,500 Tea Party extremists [on Twitter] in a three day period is no fun," he says.
There is a silver lining in all of this brouhaha. Questlove recently heard from the members of Fishbone who are the subject of a recent documentary, 'Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone.' Apparently, for them, the controversy helped draw interest to the flick and their music.
"They have a movie out so I guess for them at least the stars were aligned," he says. "They’re one of my favorite bands, [so] I tip my hat to those guys."