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Quick Takes: Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age to reteam

November 08, 2012

With everyone talking about people getting second terms today, here's another guy who gets a return try at an old job: Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl will again take on the drumming duties for a new studio album by desert-rock titans Queens of the Stone Age.

Grohl, who cut his teeth drumming for Nirvana, previously hit the skins on Queens' 2002 album, "Songs for the Deaf."

Queens frontman Josh Homme announced the news in a BBC interview, saying he and Grohl "have this wonderful musical relationship which we don't have with other people."

The two also came together in 2009 for the trio Them Crooked Vultures, which also featured former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.

Grohl's return comes after Queens drummer Joey Castillo reportedly left the band.

—August Brown

Divided Civil Wars halts tour

The Civil Wars have pulled the plug on the rest of their tour.

The Grammy-winning folk duo, who were in the middle of a European tour, announced they have canceled all of their upcoming live gigs because of "internal discord."

"We sincerely apologize for the canceling of all of our tour dates. It is something we deeply regret," Joy White and John Paul Williams wrote in a statement posted on their Facebook page. "However, due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time."

The pair said they hope to get new music out in 2013.

—Gerrick D. Kennedy

Stepping up for Sandy victims

Two Southern California venues are planning fundraising events for Superstorm Sandy victims Saturday night.

Dane Cook will headline a comedy show at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood at 8 p.m. Admission is a $25 donation to the Red Cross or donations of supplies such as canned food and blankets.

The Electric Dusk Drive-In, which shows films atop a parking garage at the corner of 4th and Broadway in downtown L.A., will screen the 1961 musical "West Side Story" at 7:30 p.m., with a portion of the proceeds earmarked for the Red Cross. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 at the site.

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga said Wednesday that she is donating $1 million to the Red Cross to aid those affected by Sandy, and Jerry Seinfeld pledged to donate proceeds from three coming comedy performances to the relief effort.

—Staff and wire reports

'Glengarry' is moved back

Al Pacino and his fellow con artists in "Glengarry Glen Ross" have postponed their Broadway opening from Nov. 11 to Dec. 10.

The Broadway revival of David Mamet's 1984 play about Chicago salesmen hawking Florida badlands began performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Oct. 19. Pacino is being paid more than $125,000 per week for the show, which is charging as much as $377 per ticket excluding fees, despite being in previews.

Jeffrey Richards, the lead producer of "Glengarry," said in an interview that the postponement was necessitated by three "truncated rehearsals" in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and by a decision not to conflict with the Thanksgiving holiday.

The rehearsals had been shortened when some of the actors were unable to attend because of the storm.

—Bloomberg News

Elvis, Clapton knew them well

Some legendary guitars are going on display at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.

The exhibit, called "The Guitar: An American Love Story," opens Thursday and will display more than 150 guitars.

Among the instruments on loan for the show are a guitar played by Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton's 1958 Gibson Explorer and singing cowboy star Roy Rogers' OM-45 Deluxe guitar made by C.F. Martin & Co., circa 1930.

—Associated Press

Politician was safer in jungle

A British lawmaker has been suspended by her party after swapping the political jungle for the Australian rainforest and became a contestant on a reality TV show.

Conservative legislator Nadine Dorries was under fire for taking part in "I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here." The show strands C-list celebrities in the Australian wilderness, subjects them to trials and lets viewers vote them off one by one.

The Conservatives, who lead Britain's coalition government, said Dorries was being suspended from the party's parliamentary caucus until she could return and meet with George Young, who is responsible for party discipline.

—Associated Press

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