Alice Cooper is coming back to New Zealand to celebrate his first show here - a whopping 40 years ago.

The legendary rocker will play two shows here: October 27 at Trusts Stadium in Auckland, and October 28 at TSB Bank Arena in Wellington.

Founding Kiss member Ace Frehley will appear at both shows.

Cooper has been a regular New Zealand visitor since his first show here in 1977, and has played here 13 times. He was last here in 2015.

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October's shows will mark 40 years since that first appearance.

A fan club pre-sale begins on April 20, with tickets going on general release on April 28.