Members of the National Farmer's Union of Scotland have heralded the Smiths' former front man as a patron saint after he banned the sale of burgers and sausages at all of the concessions on the Scottish leg of his UK tour. Union officials said the ban had already drawn fire from local live stockers, but they saw it as an opportunity for the Meat is Murder singer to give a boost to Scottish fruit and vegetable growers.
A spokesman tells Farmers Guardian, "The decision to take meat off the menu... has the potential to raise a few eyebrows and raise a few hackles amongst Scotland's livestock farmers. However, we have taken the chance to point out to Morrissey and his team that there is still a great opportunity here to support the many fruit and vegetable growers in the country by insisting local produce is being served up." So at intermission, we'll be sure to pick up a side of ratatouille with that beer.
It looks like Billy Joe Armstrong isn't the only proud papa whose offspring has taken up the family business. News out of Northampton, Massachusetts is that Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon's 17-year-old daughter Coco Gordon Moore is fronting her own punk band dubbed Big Nils. No word whether there's a Little Nils, but you might be able to figure that out for yourself after you listen, which shows that the acorn hasn't fallen far from the atonal tree.
Other members of the edgy outfit are guitarist Zoe Wardlaw, bassist Lilly Daiber, and Sen Morimoto on drums. For a bargain $5.00 you can download their eight-track debut album, oddly titled Sibling -- since Coco is, of course, an only child. Double bill anyone?