Five Bands Who Could Replace The Roots On Late Night

Seth Meyers
Seth Meyers

This past Sunday, NBC announced that Seth Meyers will officially take over as the host of Late Night, when Jimmy Fallon succeeds Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show in early 2014. But with Meyers set to inherit a show with a tradition of turning talk-show hosts into late-night greats (David Letterman and Conan O'Brien precede Fallon), the real question is, who will take over for The Roots?

It might seem like a silly question, but historically speaking, The Roots are the first real band to ever be asked to become a house band. Not only that, but the critically acclaimed group has garnered just as much (if not more) success as Fallon, and often times share the spotlight with both the host and the show's guests.

While Meyers has yet to say whom his house band will be -- or if there will indeed be one at all -- Rocks Off is already brainstorming names for who could possibly replace one of the coolest house bands in late-night history.

5. OK Go Though OK Go is mainly known for their ability to dance on treadmills, the group is actually pretty talented, and they could make for a fun house band. While it's unlikely that many guests would be willing to jump on a moving piece of workout machinery, OK Go seem like the kind of band that would be willing (and able) to do things for their host.

It also doesn't hurt that the group is old enough to have a reputation, but young enough that younger audiences will recognize them. If Meyers is looking for a well-dressed alternative-rock band that can write pop and funk-infused hits without sounding run-of-the-mill, OK Go is an obvious choice.

4. Broken Social Scene Though Broken Social Scene is a bit of a stretch, this Canadian supergroup has the flexibility and talent necessary to hold both an extended jam-band session and an audience's attention night after night. Broken Social Scene has roughly 25 members in its revolving-door lineup, including Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Emily Haines, Leslie Feist and Jason Collett.

Certainly, the group is larger than The Roots, but even if the membership plays a few people at a time, they have the capability and muscle-power to orchestrate a fuller sound, with the added bonus of putting a few ladies on a late-night stage.

3. Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears Hailing straight out of Austin, Texas, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears know how to play soulful, funky rock and roll. On top of that, front man Lewis just knows how to have a damn good time when he's onstage.

The only thing working against them, of course, is that they're the least-known group on the list. However, if Meyers is looking for someone who can keep up with the vibe and tempo that The Roots have set, the Honeybears would make an excellent choice.


2. Beck Beck is one of those artists whom everyone seems to know, no matter his or her musical preference. It doesn't hurt that he has 25 years of experience under his belt, which is probably why the multiinstrumentalist can channel rock, folk and rap in a pinch.

Because he's a solo artist, Beck would bring a legendary name in modern music that could match both The Roots and Paul Shaffer (who still leads the band for Letterman). And of course, we can't forget to mention that Beck has already proven his abilities as a composer with his 2012 release, Song Reader.

1. Cake Though the competition is tough, something about Cake makes them seem like the kind of band that could fill The Roots' shoes without getting old. Unlike other groups, Cake has a sound that blends funk, hip-hop, country, jazz and rock all at once, and somehow it always makes sense. Because the group has a legacy but doesn't seem as active, it's easy to see Cake settling down a little bit into a role that would show off their many talents while still allowing the group to work on their career when they get the itch.

At the end of the day, Cake is playful enough to replace The Roots, but still makes a safe choice for Meyers -- who, let's face it, seems more straight-and-narrow than Fallon.

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