Odds & Ends: John Mayer, Kacey Musgraves, Alanis Morissette

John Mayer cancels the first two dates of his November/December North American tour … Kacey Musgraves reacts to having her CMA performance censored … Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” is being transformed into a Broadway musical.

After wrapping a run of European dates in late October, John Mayer was set to return to U.S. stages for a fall excursion through the States beginning Nov. 19. But now the first stop of the tour has been pushed back.

The Nov. 19 gig in Moline, Ill., at iWireless Center as well as a Nov. 20 show in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena have been canceled. No reason has been given for the cancellation.

Although the dates are no longer listed on Mayer’s website, he hasn’t commented about the change on any of his social media sites.

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Global Citizen Festival, Central Park, New York City

Mayer’s manager was not available for comment. According to Ticketmaster, internet and phone orders will be automatically canceled and refunded. For fans who bought tickets in person, refunds are available at point of purchase.

The fall outing is now scheduled to kick off Nov. 22 in Lincoln, Neb., at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Mayer’s “Born & Raised” trek earlier this year, which included more than 40 dates in North American, marked his first tour since 2010. He was forced to cancel his 2012 tour and go on indefinite hiatus because of an ailment called a granuloma next to his vocal cords.

When ABC aired Kacey Musgraves’ performance of her tune “Follow Your Arrow” at Wednesday’s CMA Awards, one reference to drugs was bleeped out, while another was deemed OK.

The word “joint” was censored in the line “When the straight and narrow gets a little too straight, roll up a joint, or don’t.” Earlier in the song Musgraves sings, “If you can’t lose the weight then you’re just fat / But if you lose too much then you’re on crack.”

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Zac Brown's Southern Ground Music & Food Festival, Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, S.C.

Musgraves, who took home the award for Best New Artist, talked to The Tennessean about being censored.

“For some reason people feel the need to censor that word, but they decided to leave the word crack in there, I’m not really sure why,” Musgraves said.

She added, “Honestly, to me, ‘Follow Your Arrow’ is just a really positive anthem encouraging people of all kinds to do what makes them happy across the board. If that’s your thing, great. If that’s not, cool. That’s our freedom and that’s our right. I was really happy to be up there performing with my band and just being a part of this.”

Every angst-filled song on the Grammy-award winning Jagged Little Pill will be getting the Broadway treatment.

The upcoming musical, which shares its name with Alanis Morissette’s third studio album, will debut as a workshop production in 2014, according to Rolling Stone.  

In addition to featuring all of the tracks from the 1995 LP, the musical will also include some other tunes from Morissette’s catalog and new songs she’s composing for the project. 

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The Tabernacle, Atlanta, Ga.

“I look forward to taking the heart of Jagged Little Pill and expanding its story, fleshing it out into ever deeper layers of emotionality, specificity, humanity, power, physicality, spirit and fabulism,” said Morissette.

The musical will feature orchestration and arrangements from Tom Kitt, the Tony and Pulitzer winner who worked on Green Day’s American Idiot stage production. Rolling Stone notes that “Jagged Little Pill” will be produced by Vivek J. Tiwary with Arvind Ethan David.

The LP won Grammys for Album of the Year, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album.