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Cliff cracks joke about Moz's vegetarianism

1 of 1 Cliff Richard: has he served up a tikka timebomb?
Cliff Richard: has he served up a tikka timebomb?

Cliff Richard has joked that he'll have a chicken curry after he supports militant vegetarian Morrissey on a date on his upcoming US tour.

In commnets that may well irk Moz, 73-year-old Cliff told the BBC that he doesn't expect to have to observe Morrissey's strict veggie-only rule when he supports him for one night in New York later this year.

"I like to think he might eat some meat when I arrive, but I wouldn't expect him to," Cliff said. "So I don't think he'd expect me to be vegetarian. If I found he was offended by people eating meat then I won't eat it in front of him. But I'll have a chicken curry afterwards."

Cliff is set to support Morrissey at the Barclays Centre in New York, while Tom Jones has been chosen to open for the former Smiths frontman at the Los Angeles Sports Centre.

Cliff also admited that he is not overly familiar with Morrissey's music and initially thought the offer of the support slot was a joke.

"I said, “My initial answer is yes but can you check it’s not a joke? Is there an ulterior motive?”" he told BBC Radio 5Live. "[My manager] got hold of Morrissey’s management and he said, “No, Morrissey’s a fan and he’d like you to be there.” So I said yes please.

‘The chances of me singing for 15,000 people in New York are pretty well nil . . . So I thought it would be great.’

"I checked him out on the internet and saw a couple of shots of him live, and his audiences look really - I don't know how to say this - they look really nice.

"They were swaying in the crowd and mouthing his lyrics and I was thinking, 'Oh, my audiences do that'. So maybe his audience will be kind to me."

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