Morrissey, former frontman for rock band The Smiths, is making history at the Staples Center in Los Angeles by holding the first ever all vegetarian concert on March 1. The rocker is a long-time vegetarian and animal rights activist and was granted his request to make sure all vendors in and around the Center would be fully vegetarian.
E Online reports that the singer asked the venue to shut down the McDonald's restaurants within the space, a request Sir Paul McCartney had previously been denied. This time, however, the Staples Center agreed to close the fast food outlets for the show.
In a press release, Morrissey stated, "I don't look upon it as a victory for me, but a victory for the animals." In a 1985 interview, the singer described his switch to vegetarianism at a young age:
"I became a vegetarian when I was about 11 or 12 years old. My mother was a staunch vegetarian as long as I can remember. We were very poor and I thought that meat was a good source of nutrition. Then I learned the truth. I guess you could say I repent for those years now."
Morrissey's tour was put on hold in January after he was hospitalized with a suspected infection. He plans to kick it off again later this month with an appearance on "Live with Jimmy Kimmel."