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Swift opens up for tornado victims

Friday, May 6, 2011 – Taylor Swift announced today that she will open the last dress rehearsal for her Speak Now Tour to fans as a fundraiser to benefit victims of last week's deadly tornadoes in the Southeast.

About 13,000 fans will get a first look at Swift's new show almost a week early for her final tour rehearsal, on May 21at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

The North American portion of her Speak Now World Tour 2011 kicks off on May 27th in Omaha, Neb.

"I was watching the coverage of the tornadoes backstage at rehearsals, and I wanted to do something for the families affected by the damage," Swift said. "I've never opened a rehearsal to the public before, but I felt that inviting my fans to the last rehearsal for the Speak Now Tour would be a great way to raise money. So, tickets will be available for people to come see us in the Bridgestone Arena, where we've been rehearsing for the last five weeks."

"We'll probably still be doing some fine-tuning to the show that night, since this will be a true rehearsal," she says, "but I feel like it is so important for me and my fans to help if we can."

Ticketing information and "Speak Now....Help Now!" event details will be available and updated beginning Monday, May 9.


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