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The Roots: David Bowie tribute performance called off

UPDATE: Concert organizer calls incident a ‘miscommunication’ and hopes the Roots will rejoin show

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UPDATE: David Bowie tribute concert organizer and City Winery CEO Michael Dorf responded to Questlove’s note that the Roots have pulled out of the show. In a statement given to EW, Dorf explains the drummer’s allegations that an artist wouldn’t share instruments and says he hopes the Roots will decide to join the concert again. See his full statement below:

“There was a miscommunication about the use of the Holy Holy’s drum kit last night on the tight City Winery stage for the rehearsal show. Very unfortunate. I would hope that after a nights sleep and knowing we have a much larger stage with multiple drum kits and other equipment that The Roots will still join us this evening. They have been a regular part of our tribute series and we deeply love and respect them. I remain hopeful they will still join the important celebration of David Bowie’s music tonight and tomorrow and the two sold out shows can experience their powerful performance as one of the 20 amazing songs planned.”

EARLIER: The David Bowie tribute concerts scheduled to take place Thursday and Friday in New York feature all-star lineups, including Cat Power, Michael Stipe, Cyndi Lauper, Laurie Anderson, the Mountain Goats, and until recently the Roots.

But Roots drummer Questlove posted to Instagram Wednesday night that the band, Kimbra, and Bilal will not perform.

“The Roots/Bilal/Kimbra (w/ Wendy Melvoin, DD Jackson & Ray Angry) pulled out of these Bowie gigs. We have patience,” he wrote. “But we do NOT have patience for the #Bitchassness.”

The “bitchassness” he’s referring to is that of unnamed musicians who wouldn’t let the Roots use their equipment. “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,” he wrote before announcing their departure from the billing.

Representatives for the concerts, which will be held at Carnegie Hall on Thursday and Radio City Music Hall on Friday, did not return EW’s immediate request for comment.

See Questlove’s full remarks below.