Morrissey includes The Smiths songs in Las Vegas debut as songs are heard live on stage for first time since 1980s

Morrissey surprised fans by singing The Smiths songs during Vegas debut (Picture: Getty)

Fans of The Smiths have been waiting for over 40 years for some of their favourite hits to be sung live on stage, with Morrissey finally giving us all the goods.

The singer – real name Steven Patrick Morrissey – kicked off his Las Vegas residency at Cesar’s Palace on 28 August and fans were delighted as he included a number of Smiths tracks in his set list.

NME reports that the rocker opened his debut performance with a rendition of Never Had No One Ever and it marked the first time the song has been performed by any member of The Smiths in 35 years.

Other Smiths tracks Morrissey included were The Night Has Opened My Eyes – which hasn’t been sung since 1986 – and Shoplifters Of The World Unite.

The following night, Morrissey added a few more Smiths songs to his setlist including How Soon Is Now and Half A Person.

Morrissey is due to perform in Vegas until 5 September.

He found fame in 1982 as part of rockers The Smiths, made up of Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce.

The band were together for five years and last released music in 1987 when they dropped their last studio album Strangeways, Here We Come.

Marr had already left the band at that point and it was then confirmed that The Smiths wouldn’t be releasing any new music.

As for Morrissey, he went on to forge a solo career for himself and recently revealed he’s finished working on a new album called Bonfire Of The Teenagers.

The record, which Morrissey has described as the ‘best album of his life’, will be sold to the highest record label bidder, following his exit from former label BMG after a three-album deal.

The singer has forged a solo career following The Smiths splitting nearly 40 years ago (Picture: Getty)

Morrissey’s Vegas debut comes after the artist controversially shared his bold thoughts over the coronavirus pandemic – branding it ‘Con-vid’ and comparing society during lockdown to ‘slavery’.

He claimed in an outspoken interview with Sam Esty Rayner, published on the musician’s official website: ‘The bigger problem is that nobody can any longer agree with anyone else, and this is the main outcome of Con-vid.

‘It has brought the worst out in people, and we weren’t ever in this together.

‘We are deprived of seeing and hearing other people, and above all, you want to be with others who see and hear what you see and hear, because this is basic oxygen for the human soul. Take it away and people are dead.’

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When his interview suggested ‘Covid society’ was the ‘precise description of slavery’ adding ‘yet we are supposed to be in a time when anything connected to slavery must be blown up or thrown in a canal in Bristol,’ Morrissey replied: ‘Precisely.’

He added: ‘The government act like Chinese emperors… “We will allow you to live as we do if you behave yourself.”’

Despite his controversial statements, Morrissey has insisted he isn’t afraid of backlash or being ‘cancelled’, stating: ‘You can’t cancel someone who has always been cancelled’.

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