After a bit of speculation about whether he would actually show up, Riot Fest confirmed that he, indeed, would play Saturday night to thousands of super stoked fans. But there was a catch most fans didn't know about until they showed up.
Riot Fest, which has many meaty food options for the three day punk rock extravaganza, cut off meat sales between 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday "because of respect to Morrissey and his animal rights activism."
Morrissey has been a vegetarian since he was 11, and the Smiths were well-known for their 1985 album titled "Meat Is Murder." Though vegans criticized him for taking too long to go full-blown vegan, he has been since at least 2014.
No word on whether two hours of no meat was a requirement for him to play the festival, but in 2009 he walked off stage at Coachella after saying "the smell of burning animals is making me sick. I just couldn't bear it."
Chicagoans, known for their intense love of encased meats, shared their thoughts on the meat ban as it kicked off Saturday:
So Morrissey has the balls to come to chicago and outlaw meat at riot fest apparently #burgersatmorrissey— George Kupczak (@pontoonboatfire) September 17, 2016
Some thought ahead:
The vendors at Riot Fest aren't allowed to sell meat during Morrissey's set so people are buying hot dogs in bulk beforehand— 24: Matt Another Day (@digifreak642) September 17, 2016
Others, however, admired the gesture:
All of us vegans are uniting for Morrissey at riot fest and committing a meat eater genocide— rationale. (@rationalesucks) September 18, 2016
If you're sad about the lack of meat, don't worry: it will return when day three of the fest kicks off Sunday.