Brantley Gilbert’s “The Blackout Tour” went dark at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2016. Next year, the country star will have just three shows left on his “Fire’t Up Tour” after he returns to Lincoln on April 30.
The 34-city 2020 tour, which begins Jan. 23 in London, Ontario, takes its name from the first song on “Fire & Brimstone,” Gilbert’s fifth album, which is set for release Oct. 4.
Gilbert, a songwriter who has penned hits for Jason Aldean (“My Kind of Party”) and Colt Ford, and had his own No. 1s with “Country Must Be Country Wide," ”You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” “Bottom’s Up” and “One Hell of an Amen,” intends to showcase his new songs on the tour.
“I truly feel like we’re at the point that we can let the music take us where it is meant to go, so with every new album we like to change up our show and make it something that plays to those stories and characters,” Gilbert said in the news release announcing the tour.
“We’ll, of course, still do the hits our fans love, but we are looking at this as an opportunity to turn up the heat a bit and give the songs on ‘Fire & Brimstone’ a chance to really rock.”
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The 15-song album includes collaborations with Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson, Ford and Lindsay Eli. The latter collaboration, “What Happens in a Small Town,” is now at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It will be interesting to see if any of those songs are included in Gilbert’s set and, if so, how they’re presented.
April’s show will be Gilbert’s third Lincoln appearance. Gilbert, one of the first “baseball cap” country artists, played Pershing Center in 2013.
Gilbert’s Lincoln show will be supported by Chase Rice, who co-wrote the massive Florida Georgia Line hit “Cruise” and has landed a pair of top 10s with “Eyes on You” and “Lonely If You Are.” Newcomer Brandon Lay will open the show.
Tickets for Gilbert’s concert cost $40.25 to $70.25 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets can be purchased at the arena ticket office beginning Sept. 14.
Upcoming shows in Lincoln and nearby
Post Malone - Feb. 4
Jason Aldean - Feb. 7
Korn - Feb. 18
KISS - Feb. 25
Tanya Tucker - Feb. 25
Zac Brown Band - Feb. 29
Blake Shelton - March 12
DaBaby - March 11
Lumineers - March 14
Billie Eilish - March 29
Alice Cooper and Lita Ford - April 7
Dan + Shay - April 18
Cher - April 20
Brantley Gilbert - April 30
Elton John - June 9
Maroon 5 - Aug. 6
Nickelback -- Aug. 9
The Black Crowes - Aug. 28
Matchbox Twenty and The Wallflowers - Sept. 8
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