The Smiths - Meat-Free Festival Promised If The Smiths Reform For Coachella Festival
Coachella Music Festival are still a while away from announcing their headliners for their 2013 event, but if reports are to believed there is one act they're absolutely desperate to get back together for the event. It's believed that the festival organisers are so keen to reunite cult band The Smiths that they have offered to ban meat from the entire event if the British indie band do reform.
There've been long-running rumours of a comeback ever since the group split up way back in 1987, with founding members Morrissey and Johnny Marr reportedly getting offered offered as much as $4.5 million to get back together. The song writing duo have so far stuck to their guns on the matter though, insisting that they're not interested in reuniting. Morrissey now has a large back catalogue of solo records behind, whilst Marr has lent his guitar talents to everyone from Modest Mouse to The Cribs. However, it's now emerged that Coachella have promised staunch vegetarian Morrissey that they would ban all meat products from the Indio, California site for the entire event if he reunited the group for a headline performance.
Morrissey famously stormed offstage at Coachella in 2009 after smelling smoke from the on-site barbecues, and he told Australia's News.com.au that they first made the offer for the 2010 festival. "[After 2009] the agents for Coachella offered a 100 per cent vegetarian event for the following year if I would agree to headline with Johnny Marr as The Smiths" Morrissey commented. "Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would 'not require' the Smiths' bass player or drummer... which I thought certainly said something."