Billboard Bits: Foos, Montgomery Gentry, Lambert

News on Foo Fighters, Montgomery Gentry, Miranda Lambert

FooThe Foo Fighters will overtake MTV2 for a 24-hour block beginning June 11 at 12 p.m. ET, during which they will play favorite videos, perform tracks from the new RCA album "In Your Honor" and welcome guests to the set. The last time MTV2 gave over control of its programming was in Sept. 2002, when Courtney Love ran the station for a now-infamous 24-hour block.

As previously reported, "In Your Honor" is due June 14 via RCA and contains one disc each of rock and acoustic tracks. First single "Best of You" is No. 4 this week on Billboard's Modern Rock chart.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






GentryMontgomery Gentry will perform Saturday (May 28) in New York for U.S. troops returning from Iraq as part of the city's 18th annual Fleet Week festivities. The country duo will perform on board the USS Intrepid, a retired aircraft carrier anchored on the Hudson River that is now the
Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Part of a U.S. Department of Defense concert series saluting military personnel for their service, the performance will be broadcast on Armed Forces Radio and Television Services, the Pentagon Channel and on the city's enormous Times Square Astrovision screen.

The Intrepid performance will be the first public appearance for Montgomery Gentry since Eddie Montgomery underwent surgery on his wrist following a stage fall. It also marks the beginning of a busy summer for Montgomery Gentry, which will open its next touring leg June 4 in Camden, N.J., with dates scheduled into late October.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.






LambertUp-and-coming country artist Miranda Lambert has been selected to open a host of fall North American dates for Keith Urban. Her run on the latter's Alive in '05 tour will begin Sept. 9 in Boise, Idaho, and will last through Sept. 25 in Grand Falls, N.D.

Lambert's Epic debut, "Kerosene," debuted earlier this year at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally. The latest single from the set, "Bring Me Down," is No. 45 this week on the Hot Country Songs tally; the video will premiere Thursday (May 26) on CMT.

Before the Urban run, Lambert has dates booked throughout the summer, including a June 11 appearance at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.