Morrissey to play Auckland's Civic Theatre on December 14

Morrissey is heading to Auckland for a one-off date.
Morrissey is heading to Auckland for a one-off date. Photo credit: Getty Images

Controversial former The Smiths frontman Morrissey is to play a one-off New Zealand concert in December as part of his 40 Years of Morrissey world tour.

The 'Suedehead' singer will perform at Auckland's Civic Theatre on December 14 following six dates in Australia.

Publicity for the tour promises: "Each night on this tour will highlight the fan-favourite songs that made you cry and the songs that saved your life, spanning from the early days of The Smiths through to today."

Tickets for the show go on sale from Friday, August 11.

Morrissey has released 13 solo studio albums, achieved a string of number one records, and been presented with an Ivor Norvello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.

He has been notorious for volatile behaviour along with his outspoken opinions on animal rights and apparent support for the far right.

Last November, he walked out of his headlining show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles after just 30 minutes of his set beginning.

One of the backing musicians on stage announced to the crowd shortly after: "Sorry, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the show is not going to continue. Very sorry. We'll see you next time."

Morrissey came under fire for seemingly endorsing far right group For Britain by wearing their badge during a performance on Jimmy Fallon back in 2019.