November 7, 2012 in Nation/World

The Civil Wars surrender tour dates

From Wire Reports
 
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Joy Williams, left, and John Paul White of The Civil Wars play at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
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Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars have canceled their upcoming tour dates, citing irreconcilable differences.

The folk-pop duo Joy Williams and John Paul White released a statement Tuesday announcing that because of “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition” they were unable to “continue as a touring entity at this time.”

Although they used the language of divorce, the duo added, “Our sincere hope is to have new music for you in 2013.”

Williams and White are both married, but to other people. Williams had a baby this summer with husband Nate Yetton, the duo’s manager.

Earlier this year the pair canceled part of their European tour.

The duo found unexpected success with their 2011 debut album, “Barton Hollow.”

Mars hopes for another SNL invite

Bruno Mars’ recent appearance on “Saturday Night Live” was more like “Saturday Night Fever”: He says he had so much fun hosting the show, he’d be happy to do it again.

“Whatever ‘SNL’ wants from me, they can always call me,” the smiling 27-year-old said in an interview. “I don’t know who told them I can act or anything ‘cause I can’t. I don’t know what they saw. (But) whatever they need from me, they can get.”

The singer-songwriter’s Oct. 20 appearance as host and musical guest gave the NBC variety show its second-best ratings this season behind last week’s episode, hosted by comedian Louis C.K.

Mars was praised for his hilarious and silly sketches, particularly one skit where he did impersonations of other musicians as a live fill-in at Pandora when the company’s computers crashed.

The birthday bunch

Evangelist Billy Graham is 94. Actor Barry Newman is 74. Singer Johnny Rivers is 70. Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is 69. CIA Director David Petraeus is 60. Actor Christopher Knight (“The Brady Bunch”) is 55. Actors Jeremy and Jason London are 40. Actress Yunjin Kim is 39.


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