Former front-man of the Smiths, Morrissey, walked off mid-performance at the Coachella Festival in California, because “he caught a whiff of a nearby barbecue.
An account in the Meat Trades Journal (01 May 2009) continues the story: “The committed vegetarian was unable to finish the number ‘Some girls are bigger than others’ after catching a meaty smell up his nostrils” Morrissey said during his set: “I can smell burning flesh and I hope to God it’s human”, later he walked off-stage mid-song. He returned to belt out a few more hits, but not before giving a reason for his impromptu exit: The smell of burning animals is making me sick. I just couldn’t bear it” he said. George Bernard Shaw might have rattled off a more nicely phrased disgust and one timely as the British barbecue season opens with these polluting incinerations and hogroasts.
Other veggy performers such as Paul McCartney and members of the Killers “did not seem to have the same reaction as Morrissey, and for the Mancunian the day didn’t get any better:” a 50-foot radius ban on cooking meat... meant that he had to stay in his trailer all night as the BBQ crew refused to stop.