McDonald's to Close for Morrissey's LA Concert

In a first, Staples Center will go vegetarian
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2013 9:19 AM CST
England's singer Morrissey performs at the 53rd annual Vina del Mar International Song Festival in Vina del Mar, Chile, Friday Feb. 24, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

(Newser) – Morrissey managed to convince the Staples Center to go meat-free, an achievement even Paul McCartney couldn't accomplish. At Morrissey's sold-out March 1 concert, the LA venue will only offer vegetarian food, for the first time ever. That means all the McDonald's outlets there will be closed, Billboard reports. McCartney had made the same request, but got turned down. "I don't look upon it as a victory for me, but a victory for the animals," Morrissey says in a statement.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit PETA ... if the concert happens at all. Rolling Stone points out that Morrissey has canceled a few shows recently due to health concerns including a bleeding ulcer, but he's set to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live a week from today and resume touring the following day.

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