Odds & Ends: Arctic Monkeys, Courtney Love, Leonard Cohen, Beck, Spike Jonze

Illness waylays Arctic Monkeys’ U.K. run … Courtney Love disses Katy Perry … Changes afoot for Leonard Cohen’s Australian tour … Beck slots Song Reader concert for Los Angeles … Spike Jonze to make music videos during the YouTube Music Awards.

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Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, TX

Laryngitis has taken up a short-term residence in Arctic Monkeys lead singer Alex Turner’s throat, forcing the band to move its remaining United Kingdom shows to the end of its European tour.

Originally scheduled to play the Birmingham LG Arena Oct. 31, the band has reassigned that show for Nov. 20.  The gig at Glasgow’s Hydro that was supposed to take place tonight has been moved to Nov. 21 and the Nov. 2 concert planned for the Sheffield Arena has been rescheduled for Nov. 18.

Here’s the revised Euro schedule in easy-to-read chronological order with changes marked in bold:

Nov. 4 – Offenbach, Germany, Stadthalle Offenbach Veranstaltungs
Nov. 5 – Berlin, Germany,  Columbiahalle
Nov. 7 – Paris, France, Zenith Paris
Nov. 8 – Paris, France, Zenith Paris
Nov. 9 – Brussels, Belgium, Forest National
Nov. 11 – Dusseldorf, Germany, Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Nov. 12 – Munich, Germany, Zenith
Nov. 13 – Assago, Italy, Mediolanum Forum
Nov. 15 – Madrid, Spain, Palacio de Deportes
Nov. 16 – Barcelona, Spain, Palau Olimpic
Nov. 18 – Sheffield, United Kingdom, Motorpoint Arena
Nov. 20 – Birmingham, United Kingdom, LG Arena
Nov. 21 – Glasgow, United Kingdom, The SSE Hydro

Not only is Spike Jonze serving as the creative director for the first ever YouTube Music Awards, but he will also be merging the show with the art it celebrates by creating music videos live during the event.

The movie director, whose credits include “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation,” and “Where The Wild Things Are,” told NME that he will be directing live music videos for Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and other artists.

“It’ll be really interesting to try and pull it off,” Jonze said.  “We have a whole handful of directors, we’re mixing the music video film world in with the live broadcast world and trying to make live music videos.”

Jonze told the British music mag that the YouTube Music Awards’ location in a warehouse instead of a theatre in front of an audience is what makes creating live videos possible.

“We’re going to have sets all around the warehouse and each artist will have a different set,” Jonze told NME.  “There are different ideas, some have narratives, one of them doesn’t really have the artist in it. We’re trying to take the music video format and produce it live.”

Jonze’s plans include creating a video for Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife.” Hosted by Jason Schwartzman, the YouTube Music Awards take place Nov. 3 at Pier 36 in New York City and will stream live via the video site.

Changes in Leonard Cohen’s Australian tour mean different dates and smaller venues for the artist.

Originally scheduled to play Sydney’s Entertainment Centre Nov. 17, Cohen’s show has been moved to Dec. 2 at the Sydney Opera House.  While Cohen’s planned Dec. 9 gig at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena will keep the show date, the venue has been switched to the Palais Theatre.

Tickets for shows at both new venues will go on sale Nov. 4.

Australian promotion company Frontier Touring points out that the moved shows were originally planned as second nights in those markets.  Cohen’s Nov. 16 show at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and his Nov. 20 engagement at the Rod Laver Arena are taking place as planned.

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Montreux Jazz Festival, Stravinski Auditorium, Montreux, Switzerland

It’s probably not a good idea to invite Courtney Love and Katy Perry to the same dinner party, kegger or whatever social event that might be on your calendar.

Hole’s leader recently penned an essay for Style.com that will be published next week in which she dissed songs by Perry as well as by Miley Cyrus, according to Huffington Post.

“Yeah, I have listed to ‘Roar’ and ‘We Can’t Stop’ and I love ‘Wrecking Ball’ for a guilty pleasure, but these are songs written by men mostly for pop tarts,” Love said. “This is not rock ’n’ roll.”

The HP points out that this is merely the most recent time Love has spoken out about Perry and Cyrus and that while performing in September she took some time to express her feelings about both singers.

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Theatre Of The Living Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.

“I liked Miley, frankly,” Love said.  “I’m gonna be honest, Katy Perry bores the shit out of me.  She’s a nice girl, she just really bores me.  You know, that hillbilly Miley Cyrus is sort of punk in a weird sex way.”

Jack Black, Jarvis Cocker, Jon Brion and Childish Gambino are just some of the people that will appear with Beck for a special presentation of his Song Reader project at Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall Nov. 24.

A quick recap: Song Reader was the collection of sheet music featuring new compositions by Beck that was released late last year.

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Life Is Beautiful Festival, Las Vegas, Nev.

Also appearing Nov. 24 will be Jonathan Gold, Josh Kun, Jenny Lewis, Van Dyke Parks, Randall Poster, John C. Reilly, Moses Sumney and others,” according to Beck’s website.  A presale launches Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. and the general onsale begins Nov. 3 at 10 a.m.  All times Pacific Standard.  Visit Beck.com for more information.