Morrissey banned any food that "used to have a face" from his concert in New York this week.

There were no deli sandwiches, sushi, pepperoni pizza or anything else that used to have a face. Even the cleaning staff were happy to do their part by bringing in veggie sandwiches for lunch.

The ardent vegetarian - whose second album with his former group The Smiths was titled 'Meat Is Murder' - demanded the Webster Hall venue be a meat-free zone before, during and immediately after his performance on Wednesday night (25.03.09).

A source said: "There were no deli sandwiches, sushi, pepperoni pizza or anything else that used to have a face. Even the cleaning staff were happy to do their part by bringing in veggie sandwiches for lunch."

This is not the first time Morrissey has forced his staunch vegetarian views on other people.

Morrissey's former employee recently revealed the 49-year-old singer bans his staff from eating meat.

Andrew Winters - who applied to be Morrissey's valet for a two-week tour of America - claimed the singer pre-orders vegetarian meals for all his roadies and will fire crew members on the spot if they are caught eating meat.

Winter said: "The one overriding rule is the vegetarian one. No burgers from room service, no ham salads. I got the sense even visibly acknowledging the existence of McDonald's would mean instant sacking.

"I asked what the view is on fish. Seafood is sea life, I was informed, so the same rule applies."