Morrissey: Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis censored me
Former Smiths frontman Morrissey, who banned the sale of meat products at shows in Belfast, has accused Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis of censoring his 2011 appearance at the festival.
The 55-year-old, who recently posted online rants against targets as diverse as Ant and Dec and Madonna, is a firebrand campaigner for animal rights and has cancelled performances at venues that serve meat.
In a post on a fansite, he described dairy farmer and festival organiser Eavis as "the gentlemanly God of Glastonbury", and quoted him as saying that his cows were "very happy".
He said: "What Michael Eavis meant by this statement was: WE are economically very happy because our cows have the highest milk yield in the county. No Glastonbury cow was available for comment, and no cows were heard laughing."
Morrissey added: "In 2011, I played Glastonbury and attempted to sing the song Meat Is Murder. Behind me, a screen that usually shows the many evils of factory-farming remained blank.
"I was told that Michael Eavis had stopped the screening of the film because it wasn't indicative of how his dairy farm operated.
"He didn't quite understand that the poor souls in the actual film did not want to be there in the first place."
The singer, whose former band called one of their albums Meat Is Murder, left the stage at California's Coachella Festival in 2009 after complaining about the whiff of burgers, telling the crowd he could smell "burning flesh".