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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Pop singing couple Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson are coming to Ramstein Air Base this week to film a variety show with the troops.

The “Nick & Jessica Variety Hour” will include comedy skits, music and appearances by music legend Willie Nelson, comedian and late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel, singer and rhythm-and-blues star Brian McKnight and country music duo Big & Rich.

The April 22 show is free to Defense Department ID card holders, but those hoping to get a snapshot of the entertainers can forget about it. Producers are encouraging servicemembers to wear their uniforms but leave cameras, video recorders and strollers at home.

The show will be performed at Hangar 1 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open around 6 p.m.

Touchstone Television Productions is coordinating the show, which will be aired on ABC-TV in May.

An advance team with ABC-TV visited the base on Wednesday to scope out the locations, Air Force spokeswoman Erin Zagursky said.

The Pentagon approved the show last week.

Some details of the production are still being worked out and organizers warn that some things could change before the couple even takes the stage.

Prior to the event, Lachey is scheduled to visit Spangdahlem Air Base and get a demonstration flight in a fighter jet.

Simpson and Lachey are best known for their hit TV series “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica” on MTV.

The “Nick & Jessica Variety Hour” will be the latest episode of the couple’s series of television specials for ABC.


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