September 28, 2012 6:46pm PT by Erik Hayden
Morrissey Says He Was Once Offered Vegetarian Coachella for Smiths Reunion
Coachella organizers apparently wanted Morrissey and Johnny Marr to reunite as The Smiths enough that they might have eliminated non-vegetarian food products at the event.
That, at least, is what the former frontman of the band indicated in a new interview. Morrissey was asked about his perfomance at Coachella '09 where he told the crowd he smelled "burning flesh."
"[I]nterestingly the agents for Coachella offered a 100 percent vegetarian event for the following year if I would agree to headline with Johnny Marr as the Smiths," said Morrissey this week to Australia's Herald Sun newspaper (via Diffuser).
"Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would 'not require' the Smiths' bass player or drummer ... which I thought certainly said something," he added.
While the festival does sell a variety of concession items -- including vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options -- there are plenty of traditional non-vegetarian staples sold at stands also.
That atmosphere proved too much for Morrissey, a PETA supporter, at the '09 concert. After saying he could "smell burning flesh" he also reportedly added: "And I hope to God it's human."