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George Strait will play Pinnacle Bank Arena April 23.

The concert will be a rare appearance by the “King of Country,” who keeps a light performing schedule, playing only about 50 dates since he officially retired from touring seven years ago.

It will also be a rare Strait appearance in Lincoln, who last played the Capital City during a Nebraska State Fair concert at Bob Devaney Sports Center in the 1980s.

Strait’s most recent Nebraska show was at the Qwest Center Omaha (now CHI Health Center) in 2010. Three years later, Strait began his “The Cowboy Rides Away” tour, which ended in 2014.

Strait holds the record for the most hits by any country artist, with 60 No. 1s, and is the most awarded artist in Country Music Association history with 23 trophies. He has 33 platinum or multi-platinum albums, more than any other country artists, and ranks third among all artists behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley. He has sold more than 70 million albums.

The Lincoln show is slated for the week before Strait performs on two nights for the grand opening of the Moody Center, the University of Texas’ new arena. Strait’s other 2022 scheduled concerts are in Las Vegas, where he will continue a residency in February; in Little Rock, Arkansas; and at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March.

Earlier this month, Strait headlined the Austin City Limits Music Festival, playing a hit-filled 29-song, two-hour set.

Tickets for the show will go on sale later this week. Ticket prices and on-sale dates and times have yet to be announced.

Strait’s show is the fifth announced arena concert for 2022. The other shows are Eric Church, Jan. 7; Ghost and Volbeat, Feb. 4; Elton John, March 27; and New Kids on the Block, June 11.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7244 or kwolgamott@journalstar.com. On Twitter @KentWolgamott  

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