Morrissey is probably the most visible animal-rights advocate in music today, and while I’m a meat-eater, personally, I think it’s pretty cool that he’s using his live performances as leverage to affect some modicum of change, or at least force a discourse. Coachella allegedly offered to go vegetarian for a Smiths reunion, and now, L.A.’s Staples Center is going vegetarian for Moz’s 3/1 gig at the venue. McDonald’s outlets located in Staples will be closed during the show, while all other vendors will offer 100-percent vegetarian cuisine, and a portion of ticket proceeds will go to PETA. Amazingly, Sir Paul McCartney reportedly made the same request, and was denied. (The monarchy truly has declined.) Of course, the idea of eating McDonald’s at a Morrissey gig seems to me exceedingly strange, but it’s heartening to see the singer of the Smiths shut down the Evil Empire, if only for one night.

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  1. What I want to know is who goes to a show or concert and scarfs down food in general? All food should be banned while in the presence of live music (aside from festival settings, in which you’re basically taking in calories so you have the energy to make it through the day.) But really, are people like, “Hey, what do you want to do for dinner tonight before the Morrissey show?” “Oh, I thought we’d just eat at the Staples Center…”

  2. No wonder he’s sick. If he doesn’t eat at least fish and shellfish (particularly oysters), then he has compromised his health in a number of ways. And it’s not just B12 I’m talking about, but a whole host of nutrients that the body needs to operate properly, that aren’t found in plants (or they’re found in too small quantities, or they’re found in different forms).

  3. Hitler was a vegetarian but at least you could still get a sausage under the tyranny of the Third Reich.

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