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Underwood announces fall tour

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 – Carrie Underwood announced this morning during her appearance on Good Morning America to promote her new album, "Blown Away," out today, that she will launch a headline North American arena tour this fall, "The Blown Away Tour."

Special guest Hunter Hayes will open. Tickets will be available for "The Blown Away Tour" beginning Friday, May 11.

The tour will also include an international run of shows this summer sponsored by Olay, including her first-ever United Kingdom concert taking place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 21, which sold-out in 90 minutes.

"I can't wait to get back out on the road and perform new music from my new album for my fans," said Underwood. "We have a lot of exciting things planned."

Underwood will donate $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg of "The Blown Away Tour" to support Red Cross disaster relief. Proceeds from her Canadian concerts will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross.

Underwood's two previous headline tours, 2008's "Carnival Ride Tour" and 2010's "Play On Tour," performed for a combined total of nearly 250 shows with 2.2 million fans in attendance, and she wrapped both years as the top-ranked female country touring artist.

Tour dates are:

May 26 Baton Rouge, LA Bayou Country Superfest*

June 21 London, England Royal Albert Hall Sept. 14 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena

Sept. 15 Bridgeport, CT Webster Bank Arena

Sept. 17 Providence, RI Dunkin' Donuts Center

Sept. 19 Worcester, MA DCU Center

Sept. 20 Reading, PA Sovereign Center

Sept. 22 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center

Sept. 23 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

Sept. 26 Green Bay, WI Resch Center

Sept. 27 Minneapolis, MN Target Center

Sept. 29 Fargo, ND FARGODOME

Oct. 1 Saskatoon, SK Canada Credit Union Centre

Oct. 2 Calgary, AB Canada Scotiabank Saddledome

Oct. 4 Vancouver, BC Canada Rogers Arena

Oct. 6 Seattle, WA Key Arena at Seattle Center

Oct. 7 Portland, OR Rose Garden

Oct. 10 West Valley City, UT Maverik Center

Oct. 12 Reno, NV Reno Events Center

Oct. 13 Sacramento, CA Power Balance Pavilion

Oct. 14 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose

Oct. 16 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center

Oct. 18 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena

Oct. 20 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center

Oct. 21 Glendale, AZ jobing.com Arena

Oct. 24 Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena

Oct. 25 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena

Oct. 27 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena

Oct. 28 Springfield, MO JQH Arena

Nov. 3 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena

Nov. 4 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum

Nov. 7 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena

Nov. 9 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall

Nov. 10 Hartford, CT XL Center

Nov. 13 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center

Nov. 15 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena

Nov. 16 Moline, IL i wireless Center

Nov. 20 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center

Nov. 21 Tulsa, OK BOK Center

Nov. 24 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Nov. 25 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills

Nov. 27 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center

Nov. 28 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center

Nov. 30 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum

Dec. 1 Newark, NJ Prudential Center

Dec. 4 Albany, NY Times Union Center

Dec. 6 London, ON Canada John Labatt Centre

Dec. 8 Kanata, ON Canada Scotiabank Place

Dec. 11 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center

Dec. 12 Chicago, IL United Center

Dec. 14 Des Moines, IA Iowa Events Center

Dec. 15 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

Dec. 18 Memphis, TN FedExForum

Dec. 19 Duluth, GA Arena at Gwinnett Center

Dec. 21 Orlando, FL Amway Center

Dec. 22 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center

The North American tour dates will be presented and hydrated by vitaminwater®, sponsored by Olay, and promoted by AEG Live.

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