Billboard Bits: Pearl Jam, Carrie Underwood, Snoop Dogg
News on Pearl Jam, Carrie Underwood, Snoop DoggPearl Jam continues to add shows to its 2005 tour itinerary, the newest being an Aug. 29 date in Missoula, Mont., where bassist Jeff Ament went to college. Proceeds from the gig at the Adams Center will benefit Montana Senate president Jon Tester's bid for the U.S. Senate. Tickets go on sale July 23 via Tickets West.
The benefit comes on the heels of a recently announced Sept. 1 show in George, Wash., which sold out in three hours, and a Sept. 30-Oct. 1 stand at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J., which sold out in two minutes. In between, Pearl Jam will play a 16-date Canadian tour beginning Sept. 2 in Vancouver and open a Sept. 28 show for the Rolling Stones in Pittsburgh.
The group is still at work on its as-yet-untitled eighth studio album, due early next year via J Records.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Carrie Underwood has joined fellow pop sensations Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera as the newest face of Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based footwear brand Skechers. A fall campaign will feature the reigning "American Idol" winner in several of the brand's sport and fusion styles. Sketchers exclusive worldwide footwear rights end in December 2006.
The agreement, inked with 19 Merchandising Limited, coincides with the 41-city "American Idols Live!" tour, which features the top 10 contestants from the fourth season of the Fox series. The outing kicked off yesterday (July 12) at Office Depot Center, Sunrise, Fla. Underwood's debut album is due Nov. 19 from 19 Recordings/Arista.
-- Margo Whitmire, L.A.
Rapper Snoop Dogg and pop singer/songwriter Bif Naked are slated to take part in a music/comedy concert and celebrity poker tournament to benefit the military charity Fisher House Foundation. The July 22-23 Bodog.com-sponsored event in Honolulu will be open to members of the military and their families.
The Camp Bodog Celebrity Poker With the Troops tournament will take place at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and feature participation from actors Shannon Elizabeth ("American Pie"), Dule Hill ("The West Wing") and Jorge Garcia ("Lost"), as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger and professional poker players Josh Arieh and David Williams.
The comedy show and concert at Waikiki Shell will feature performances by Snoop Dogg and Bif Naked, along with comedians Colin Quinn, Paul Rodriguez and Wanda Sykes, plus as an appearance by talk show host Carson Daly.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.