One of the best things about Jimmy Fallon’s late night show is when house band The Roots performs with a special guest sitting in throughout the program, especially when the guest is seemingly from a different musical universe (like Metal guitar god Yngwie Malmsteen). But, given his bottom-end work on classic Funk tracks (and, thanks to sampling, Hip Hop ones, too), locally-bred music legend Bootsy Collins should fit right in when he sits in with The Roots tonight on Late Night (airing at 12:37 a.m. on WLWT Channel 5 locally).
Should be a good show — South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone will also be guests (no doubt promoting the forthcoming SP season and their new Broadway musical The Book of Mormon) and Indie Dance group Friendly Fires will play a tune.
Collins is handling down some early promo duties for his forthcoming album, Tha Funk Capital of the World, due April 26 from Mascot Records and featuring oodles of guests, including George Clinton, Bernie Worrell, Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, Ice Cube, Samuel L.here).
Besides working his new record, Collins has been extra busy lately collaborating with a wild array of talent. He recorded a track with Kanye West, T-Pain, R. Kelly and Snoop Dogg for Snoop’s Doggumentary album (due this Tuesday) and has reportedly laid down tracks for actor William Shatner’s next cheesy record, joining other guests like Brian May, Zakk Wylde, Yes' Steve Howe, Deep Purple's Ian Paice and fellow Cincinnatian Peter Frampton. And Bootsy’s reportedly been invited to play on a new album project from Sly Stone alongside artists like Jeff Beck, Ray Manzarek of The Doors and Ann Wilson of Heart.