The world might be full of crashing bores, but English musician Morrissey sure isn't one. He finally performed in Singapore last evening after postponing the gig, which was initially scheduled for 15 October. Marina Barrage's grounds reverberated with the singer's sardonic lyrics, touching the lives of both young and old — "I broke up to Morrissey" was one of the phrases overheard just before the show started.
But perhaps the most lasting impression the 57-year-old left to the punters was his avid use of imagery. Morrissey's agenda was undoubtedly a political one — before his set started, images of war and police brutality accompanied a recording of his 2014 release, World Peace Is None Of Your Business. Towards the end, The Smiths' 1985 hit Meat Is Murder was performed against a backdrop of animal killings and slaughters — think: Chicken beaks being mutilated, cow horns being burnt and a giant tuna gasping for its last breath. It's pretty hard to sway along to the line "Do you know how animals die?" when you're watching something that's hard to stomach.
In fact, meat was banned from the concert, listed as the first of promoter LAMC Productions' list of items not allowed in. It's the standard practice for Morrissey, who's been a vegetarian since he was 11 and a vegan in recent years. At Riot Fest in Chicago last month, food vendors were reportedly asked to stop cooking and selling meat during his two-hour set out of "respect to Morrissey and his animal rights activism".
In response to the ban, an artisanal cream puff vendor in Chicago has created the Pork Morrissey: A grilled cheese sandwich filled with bacon ranch mac and cheese and bourbon BBQ pulled pork, layered in between three different types of cheese and topped with house-made pimento cheese.
A statement on their Facebook page reads: "Puffs of Doom and Doom Street Eats believes that everyone should be able to make their own choices about the food they eat. That is why we have gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and even no sugar added options. As a vegetarian for over 26 years of her life, our owner and head chef strongly believes in the environmental and ethical aspects of the argument — however, we also strongly believe in choice. Morrissey's mandate didn't do anything to change "Big Meat", instead it caused local small businesses to lose money and create more waste into the system. We also believe in not taking life too seriously and making fun of ourselves."
If meat is indeed murder as the singer claims, it certainly hasn't looked this good.
Morrissey will continue his tour to Melbourne and Adelaide this weekend. For more information on Puffs of Doom, click here. Morrissey performed at Marina Barrage on 17 October.