Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley performs outside Memorial Stadium in October 2016. 

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Brad Paisley will return to Lincoln to play Pinnacle Bank Arena on April 26.

The country star most recently played a free Lincoln show outside Memorial Stadium as a part of a 2016 college tour. A Nebraska regular, Paisley played the State Fair in Grand Island in September, has played multiple Omaha shows in the last few years and performed at NEBRASKAland Days in North Platte.

Paisley’s Lincoln show is the final date on his Weekend Warrior tour that begins Jan. 25 in Los Angeles.

He’ll be joined on that tour by Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Eli, the same lineup of support artists as on the Grand Island show this summer.

Ticket information is set to be released next week.

One of country’s most popular figures, Paisley has co-hosted the Country Music Association’s annual awards show for 10 straight years and is now part of a series of Nationwide insurance commercials with retired NFL star Peyton Manning.

Paisley has won three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001.

Paisley is touring behind “Love and War,” his 11th studio album released in April, that pays tribute to George Strait, the Eagles' Glenn Frey and Prince, and includes collaborations with Timbaland, John Fogerty, Bill Anderson and Mick Jagger.

He’ll also bring 16 years worth of hits, his acclaimed guitar work and his humor — he recently had a Netflix comedy special — to the arena.

Lynch, who played the University of Nebraska-Lincoln homecoming concert in 2014, released his third album, “Current Mood,” in September and saw its first single, “Small Town Boy,” hit No. 1 on the country airplay charts.

Eli’s debut album “The Project” topped the country charts when it was released this fall.

Paisley’s show is the fourth Pinnacle Bank Arena concert announced for 2018. Avenged Sevenfold will play the arena Feb. 8. Pink is set to return to Lincoln on March 8, and Lorde will perform March 24. Tickets are on sale for Avenged Sevenfold and Lorde. The Pink concert is sold-out.

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Entertainment reporter/columnist

L. Kent Wolgamott is an entertainment reporter and columnist.

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