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The city of Los Angeles is taking a gamble this week by assuming that Morrissey will be there tomorrow, Friday, November 10, to celebrate Morrissey Day. “Morrissey Day honors the man who put the ‘M’ in Moz Angeles, an icon whose music continues to touch and uplift countless people across the globe,” Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez says in a press release. “Morrissey uses his voice to raise awareness for many social issues while ‘in his own strange way,’ always staying true to his fans.” The city is even banking on Morrissey being there for both of his sold-out shows with Billy Idol at the Hollywood Bowl this coming weekend, and coming out on stage to receive a certificate from Rodriguez affirming L.A.’s love for Moz, even though he’s really uncomfortable with public displays of affection.

As Riot Fest did last year, The Hollywood Bowl is complying with Morrissey’s hardline anti-meat stance by changing its menu to all vegetarian items for the weekend. Still, organizers run the risk of Morrissey storming off the stage after catching a whiff of hamburgers or tacos al pastor floating up from the valley below, as he did at Coachella in 2009. But hey, at least it’s warmer in Los Angeles than in Central California, where Morrissey canceled a show just a few days back because it was too cold on the stage.


Should Morrissey Day proceed smoothly, Morrissey is also planning to host a pop-up shop at 8250 Melrose Ave. next weekend, November 17-19, to celebrate the release of his newest album, Low In High School.