In case you didn't hear about it, Morrissey got tackled last week. During his own concert. By some of his own fans. Talk about a tough break.
Granted, as far as we can tell, there was no ill intent in the mass attack unleashed on our fair Moz. Then again, the former Smiths frontman, foie gras hater, and notorious show-canceller often does plenty to attract the wrath of onlookers, be they fans or detractors. And if reports are to be believed, he plans on pushing the buttons of Dallas concertgoers when he visits the Majestic next Thursday, May 22.
The short of it is this: Morrissey recently had animal-rights organization PETA design some special "Meat Is Murder" T-shirts, which coincidentally were released last week as well. (No connection with San Jose. Probably.) For what it's worth, we prefer the camouflage one, but then that's neither here nor there.
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In any event, PETA reached out to the Observer this morning to inform us that Morrissey's band -- who routinely dress up in matching outfits -- are planning on wearing the new "Meat Is Murder" duds on the occasion of their Majestic stop. Why Dallas, you might ask? Well, Texas is the nation's largest producer of beef products (and by a comfortable margin, it would seem), so we perhaps are in need of a good wake-up call. Apparently Dallas just happens to be important enough to be the, er, guinea pig on this one. (Sorry, El Paso.)
That Moz's boys would follow through on such a plan seems plenty likely, at least based on past habits. They've worn shirts that say such things as "Ringling Beats Animals" and, a little less prosaically, "Sea World Sucks," in Boston and San Diego respectively.
What's more, while they perform the namesake song, real-life slaughterhouse footage will be projected onto stage behind them. You know, just in case you didn't get the point already.
Here's hoping Dallasites stay civil and that the only brutality to take place will be on-screen, and not in-person.