Coachella Offers Vegetarian Event if Morrissey Joins The Smiths
How much is a Smiths reunion worth to Coachella organizers? Apparently, a lot. They were willing to jump through one particularly large hoop to try to ensure that Morrissey rejoined his former group to give a live performance at the music festival.
The oft-cranky musician recently revealed in an interview in Australia’s Herald Sun that Coachella offered him a "100-per-cent vegetarian event" if he would agree to hit the stage with guitarist Johnny Marr and headline as the Smiths. An interesting element of their negotiation was that they did “not require” the Smiths’ bassist or drummer which, Morrissey “thought certainly said something." It definitely is… interesting.
The very outspoken vegetarian did perform at Coachella back in 2009 but things did not go smoothly. He even interrupted a set because he couldn’t stand the smell of “burning flesh” and, rather than it be an animal product, he actually said “I hope to God it’s human.” Of course, he was referring to the aroma of barbeque in the air which offended him.
This isn’t the first time Coachella has tried to get the Smiths back together. In 2006, Morrissey revealed during an SXSW panel that he was offered $5 million to perform with Marr. He seems happy to move on, calling his time with the band “a fantastic journey” but adding that “it ended.” He did, however, say that he had wanted to continue but it didn’t work out.
The Huffington Post tried to reach Coachella organizers for comment about the offer to have an all-vegetarian event but they didn’t get a response.