Eamon Playing Warm-Up To Britney On Next U.S. Tour

Foul-mouthed crooner 'excited' to be Spears' special guest.

While Britney Spears has been getting racier and more provocative with each step, she's not yet ready to go blue. She'll leave that to Eamon, who will open the first two weeks of her next North American tour, which starts June 22 in Hartford, Connecticut.

The author of "F--- It (I Don't Want You Back)" and other profanity-laced R&B swooners will hop onboard for such markets as Mansfield, Massachusetts (June 23), Darien Center, New York (June 26) and Milwaukee (July 1).

"This is big," enthused Eamon of the opportunity to play with Spears. "She really packs out places. I'm really excited and I just wanna get out there."

Clearly, Eamon is thrilled to be booked in arenas, yet he's fully aware that singing about hoes and bitches might not endear him to Britney's followers.

"Me and Britney aren't really the same type of artist, but I'm a fan of hers," he said. "I think she's cool and really talented. But she does her thing and I do mine, and I'm excited to do it for people, and I hope they like it."

Spears has 11 North American shows left to perform with Kelis and Skye Sweetnam, running from Monday night in Orlando, Florida, through April 14 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. On April 24 she'll head to Europe, where she'll play with Justin Timberlake's 'NSYNC bandmate JC Chasez, who is plugging his debut solo album, Schizophrenic (see "JC Chasez Opening For Britney In U.K., Lines Up Solo Dates"). Her European dates run through June 6 in Dublin, Ireland, and include a stop at Rock in Rio - Lisbon.

For a feature on Eamon, check out

HREF="/bands/e/eamon/news_feature_022404/">"Eamon: Ho-Wop Sinsation."