Coachella bosses offer meat ban in return for Smiths reunion

The British group has been dogged by long-running rumors of a comeback since splitting in 1987, and founding members Morrissey and Johnny Marr have reportedly been offered up to $4.5 million to reunite.

The songwriting duo has always insisted they are not interested in putting the band back together, but it's now emerged Coachella organisers promised staunch vegetarian Morrissey they would ban all meat products from the site in Indio, California for the entire event if he reunited the group for a headline performance.

Morrissey, who famously stormed offstage at Coachella in 2009 because he could smell smoke from the on-site barbecues, tells Australia's the offer was made for the 2010 festival.

Referring to his 2009 protest, he says, "Interestingly 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. Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would 'not require' the Smiths' bass player or drummer... which I thought certainly said something."

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