The Staples Center in Los Angeles will offer an expanded selection of vegetarian and vegan meals at its concession stands during singer Morrissey's sold-out concert on March 1.
Contrary to widespread reports, the venue will not be 100% meat-free, but will instead offer a wide variety of vegan and vegetarian food options, including vegan sushi, veggie burgers, meat-free pastas, salads and wraps, the venue said in a statement.
"We respect Morrissey's lifestyle and his concern for the wishes of so many of his fans and are happy that we are able to honor his requests in this manner," said Lee Zeidman, general manager of the Staples Center.
The move came after Morrissey, a longtime vegetarian and animal-rights activist, asked the Staples Center to shut down its McDonald's outlets and other meat vendors during his concert. Staples is reportedly in talks with McDonald's to shutter the fast-food joint for the evening, but no decision has yet been made.
"I don't look upon it as a victory for me, but a victory for the animals," said Morrissey, who wrote the 1985 sing "Meat is Murder."
The British singer/songwriter is doing well after being hospitalized for a bleeding ulcer in January 2013. Morrissey, 53, revealed that he's being treated for a condition called Barrett's esophagus, which is caused by chronic acid reflux, and in some cases, can lead to cancer.
The controversial musician has made headlines for accusing Kate Middleton of being anorexic and comparing the 2011 Norway shootings by Anders Behring Breivik to the slaughter of animals killed to make hamburgers and fried chicken at fast-food chains such as McDonald's and KFC.