Published Jun 29, 2015Though Morrissey thought he was providing a meatless menu to the crowd during this past weekend's performance at New York's famous Madison Square Garden, it's being reported that some concertgoers dined on the flesh of cows and fish in the box seats above the stage.
Gothamist [via Consequence of Sound] was sent photos allegedly taken at Saturday night's (June 27) show, reporting that while most of the venue was being served veggie burgers, corporate box seats were offered a menu of chicken fingers, brisket sandwiches, meatball sliders and non-veggie sushi.
The flesh-heavy menu would have run counter to Morrissey's wishes, and during the performance (which included a run-through of animal rights anthem "Meat Is Murder"), Morrissey apparently praised what he thought at the time was the cruelty-free menu.
"Moz proudly announced that it was a historic day as Madison Square Garden went fully Vegan," concertgoer Jessica Pearson wrote to Gothamist. "Turns out it was vegan everywhere BUT the corporate suites. MSG offered up House Made Meatball Sliders, Hill Country Brisket Sandwiches, Cereal-Crusted Chicken Fingers, and Fresh Sushi Platters. Friends on the main floor ate vegan hot dogs. Thought you would find it amusing — though I'm sure Mr. Morrissey will not."
This isn't the first time venues have balked at Morrissey's food demands. Earlier this year, the singer cancelled a performance at Reykjavik, Iceland's Harpa Concert Hall, citing the venue's "cannibalistic flesh-eating bloodlust" for his decision. The venue later said it was never asked to not serve meat.
Morrissey has not yet responded to the claims, but chances are the veggie-friendly musician will be plenty steamed over the meal-based mix-up.
Update: Madison Square Garden has issued a statement. They explain: "We changed the menu in the public areas for the show on Saturday night and didn't make the same changes in the private areas. This was an oversight and will be fixed the next time."