Penn & Teller cancel shows after Teller hurts back


By The Associated Press



FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Penn Jillette, left, and Raymond Teller perform their “Penn & Teller” act at the Vegas Strong Benefit concert in Las Vegas. The duo cancelled a performance scheduled for Friday, July 6, in Biloxi, Miss., because Teller’s back injury has flared up.

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Penn Jillette, left, and Raymond Teller perform their “Penn & Teller” act at the Vegas Strong Benefit concert in Las Vegas. The duo cancelled a performance scheduled for Friday, July 6, in Biloxi, Miss., because Teller’s back injury has flared up.


Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File

Penn & Teller’s magic shows are on hiatus because Teller’s back injury has flared up.

The duo canceled a performance in Mississippi on Friday, with Teller tweeting an apology to fans. He wrote he’s stopping work until Aug. 18 and “getting my back surgery pronto.”

Raymond Teller, who is 70, says he’s “disoriented and befuddled” because he thinks they’ve had to cancel only four shows on short notice during their career.

They’ve worked as a pair since 1981.

Sixty-three-year-old Penn Jillette wrote “the boys will be back and bad!”

Annie Lennox made honorary chancellor at Scottish university

LONDON (AP) — Singer-songwriter Annie Lennox has been made chancellor of Scotland’s Glasgow Caledonian University, becoming the first woman to occupy the ceremonial post.

Lennox, who had critical and popular success during the 1980s as the voice of British duo The Eurythmics, said Monday she was “humbled and awed” by her appointment.

She was installed during a special ceremony at the Glasgow campus, where she vowed to use the chancellorship to further the university’s mission.

The 63-year-old Lennox says that while she never earned a degree, she could be considered “an honorary graduate from the school of life.”

She said she comes from a “long line of hardworking Scots” and grew up in an era when “young women from working-class backgrounds gaining university degrees were as rare as kangaroos in the Antarctic.”

‘Big Bang Theory’ star Kaley Cuoco marries equestrian

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Big Bang Theory’s” Kaley Cuoco is married.

The 32-year-old posted a photo on Instagram of her kissing equestrian Karl Cook in a stable on Saturday. The caption read: “Legally KCSQUARED 6-30-18.”

Cuoco and her 27-year-old husband got engaged in November 2017. He’s the son of Intuit co-founder Scott Cook.

Her TV husband, Johnny Galecki, congratulated the couple on Instagram. He wrote the service “brought us all to tears.”

Nile Rodgers elected Songwriters Hall of Fame chairman

NEW YORK (AP) — Musician, producer and composer Nile Rodgers has a new role as chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Board members on Monday unanimously elected the 65-year-old guitarist.

Rodgers will serve a three-year term, succeeding co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, known as Gamble & Huff. In a statement, Rodgers says he will try to serve “with all my heart.”

Hall of Fame president Linda Moran says Rodgers’ eloquence in talking about songwriting and its process makes him the ideal voice for the songwriting community.

The hall says it celebrates songwriters and educates the public about their achievements.

Rodgers co-founded the band Chic, known for such songs as “Le Freak” and “Good Times.”

He has worked as a producer or performer with Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna and Sam Smith.

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Penn Jillette, left, and Raymond Teller perform their “Penn & Teller” act at the Vegas Strong Benefit concert in Las Vegas. The duo cancelled a performance scheduled for Friday, July 6, in Biloxi, Miss., because Teller’s back injury has flared up.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_magic.jpgFILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Penn Jillette, left, and Raymond Teller perform their “Penn & Teller” act at the Vegas Strong Benefit concert in Las Vegas. The duo cancelled a performance scheduled for Friday, July 6, in Biloxi, Miss., because Teller’s back injury has flared up. Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File

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