Committed Chapter Six: Dan Meets Morrissey
I just heard from PETA VP Dan Mathews
who is smack-dab in the middle of his book tour right this very minute. He’s doing talk shows and chatting with all the gossip mags in addition to his book signings and it sounds like he’s having a fab time, which is usually the case if Dan has anything to say about it. I’m sure he’ll have lots of great new stories to tell, in fact he’s probably already got enough to fill a chapter for a sequel should he decide to write another book. And as predicted, Committed: A Rable-Rouser’s Memoir
is flying off the shelves, because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to know what Morrissey is really like? Here’s a sneak peak at chapter six in which Dan talks about how he first stalked, I mean met, Morrissey in 1985 shortly after Meat Is Murder
was released. The Smiths were coming to D.C. and Dan had tried to schedule an interview with Morrissey for Animal Times
but was told by the concert promoter that he wouldn’t even talk to Rolling Stone
, so Dan resorted to other tactics…
The backstage guard, busy fending off a herd of gothic groupies, wasn’t interested in passing my request on to the band. It seemed futile, but I waited earnestly. Meanwhile, Patti slyly slipped away from the throng and worked her ample charms on a crew member near the tour bus. After just a few minutes she was back—with a devious smile.
[Later that night]
I nervously phoned the hotel and, to my surprise, was put through to the room.
“Hello?” Morrissey yawned, half-asleep.
“Hi,” I said, struggling to deepen my overanxious twenty-year old voice. “Sorry if I woke you up, but this is the only way I could get through. I’d like to ask a few questions for an animal rights magazine. It’s hard for us to get people’s attention and you’re the biggest lure we’ve ever had.”
I fully expected to hear the phone slam down. Instead, Morrissey yawned again.
“Oh, sure,” he said, seeming to rise and shine a bit. “Most interviews are so tiresome, especially on tour,” he said matter-of-factly. “But since this is for the animals, obviously I’m duty-bound.”
That’s all you get, you’ll have to buy the book for the rest of the story. It’s been standing room only in some places, kittens, so get there early because you don’t want to miss a single second of what Dan’s got to say.
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