EW Staff
June 18, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

When not making music (like 2002’s ”18”), making noise (helping organize MoveOn.org’s recent ”Bush-in-30-Seconds” ad campaign), or making the scene in the society pages, Moby likes to not eat meat. With Independence Day — perhaps the most carnivorous holiday known to man — approaching, we asked the bald one for vegan survival tips.

How do you usually celebrate the Fourth? For the last 10 years I’ve celebrated by being on tour. Which, more often than not, is depressing. Being in a cold, rainy place in Finland, for example, when all your friends are drinking cheap domestic beer and watching fireworks in NYC.

Any favorite Fourth memories from growing up? A friend of my mom’s had bought a big box of illegal fireworks and accidentally set them off all at once by leaning in too close with his cigarette. It was a little like backyard Armageddon.

What are the keys to a successful vegan barbecue? Well, when you eat a pork or beef hot dog you’re not tasting the pork or the beef — i.e., pork intestines and beef genitals — you’re tasting the seasonings. So for the Fourth I would make vegan hot dogs and vegan burgers on the grill and serve them with pickles, relish, ketchup, and mustard, and everyone would be happy.

What would be the ideal cocktail for a vegan barbecue? The ideal music? Cheap domestic beer from a keg served in a plastic cup, and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s greatest hits.

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