Pop beauty Britney Spears has landed a surprise opening act for her Onyx HOTEL tour - actress Jada Pinkett Smith.

Over the last few months, the MATRIX RELOADED star - who's married to Hollywood actor WILL SMITH - has been quietly sharpening up her vocal skills performing with rock-soul band WICKED WISDOM in small gigs around Los Angeles.

And now Pinkett Smith and her band are set to perform the huge gigs when they take to the road with Spears for eight British dates in April (04) and May (04).

The band formed just over a year ago.

12/03/2004 09:38