The Roots - Mics of the Tonight Show

Cory Lorentz | September 18, 2014

By now, you've heard the news that Jimmy Fallon is the new host of the late-night pinnacle that is The Tonight Show. You may have even seen an episode or two, or at least caught some of Jimmy's celebrity-tinged antics on YouTube the next day. If you haven't seen the show yet, it's quite a bit different from the days of Carson and Leno... Fallon's sense of humor is second to none, and it is amazing to see what he can convince his celebrity friends to take part in.

Still one of Fallon's biggest loves is the musical portion of the show, which is why he chose to bring along his friends from The Roots to continue as the house band on this new version of The Tonight Show. Along with The Roots came an arsenal of Shure mics and wireless systems. Perhaps you've even noticed a few here and there? I'm certain you've noticed Jimmy's chromed-out Axient® SM58® handhelds, which he uses for musical numbers with guests.

I recently spoke with Musical Director Keith McPhee about the Shure mics on the show and their applications on the band stand. Keith not only sent along a list of mics, but also included some beautiful imagery (sans band) to illustrate what these mics are used for. Scroll down just a bit and see if you can identify the mics before you take a look at the list. Everything on the show is Shure, and I can tell you they put this stuff to the test night after night. Be sure to catch a future show to see and hear these mics in action!

Questlove and Black Thought's Mics


The Roots - Questlove and Black Thought

 

1 Questlove Vox - Beta 58 2 Drum Rack - Beta 98AMP 3 Questlove Talkback - Beta 57 4 Black Thought's Vox - KSM9HS 5 Hi Hat - KSM137 6 Snare Top 1 - Beta 181 7 Snare Top 2 - KSM32 8 Snare Bottom 1 - Beta 181 9 Kick 1 - Beta 91A 10 Kick 2 - Beta 52

 

 

Knuckles, Captain Kirk, and Questlove's Mics


The Roots - Knuckles, Captain Kirk, and Questlove

 

 

11 Guitar - KSM32 12 Conga Low - Beta 98AMP 13 Bongos - Beta 98AMP 14 Conga High - Beta 98AMP 15 Drum Underhead - SM81

 

 

Tuba Gooding Jr., James Poyser, Kamal Gray, and Mark Kelley's Mics


The Roots - Tuba Gooding Jr., James Poyser, Kamal Gray, and Mark Kelley

 

 

16 Damon Vox - Beta 58 17 Flute - SM58S 18 Kamal Vox - Beta 58 19 Sax - KSM32 20 Trumpet - KSM313 21 James Vox Beta 58 22 Mark Vox Beta 58

 

Cory Lorentz

Cory Lorentz is the Artist Relations Manager at Shure. He enjoys weekends, tacos and has a soft spot for the kind of lite rock music you'd hear in a dentist's office.