Manic Street Preachers announce Auckland show
The Manics performing at the Karl Marx Theatre in Cuba (Reuters)
Manic Street Preachers have announced their first ever New Zealand show, playing at Vector Arena on July 2.
It's third time lucky for Kiwi fans of the Welsh rockers. The band was scheduled to come here twice in the 1990s – in 1996, a gig supporting Oasis was cancelled, and they were also due to play at the 1999 Big Day Out before pulling out.
"We can't wait to play a selection of our greatest hits to our loyal and very patient Kiwi fans," says the band.
Since forming in the late 1980s, the Manics – as they're affectionately known by fans – have released 10 studio albums, plus two greatest hits collections and a B-sides and rarities double album.
Their most recent, Postcards from a Young Man, was released in 2010. Their biggest New Zealand hits came from 1998's This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours, which featured 'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next', a song about the Spanish Civil War, and 'You Stole The Sun From My Heart'.
In the UK they've been one of the most consistent acts of the last two decades, with more than 30 top 40 singles and all but two of their albums hitting the top 10. Big hits there include 'A Design For Life', 'Motorcycle Emptiness' and the first new UK #1 of the millennium, 2000's 'The Masses Against the Classes'.
Aside from the music, the band is perhaps best known for the disappearance of troubled lyricist and sometimes guitarist Richey Edwards, who disappeared on the eve of an American tour in 1995. He was officially presumed dead in 2008.
Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster on May 9, from 9am.