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Taylor Swift to stream two performances during Saturday benefit concert in Nashville

May 19, 2011 |  2:11 pm

Taylor Swift live Club Nokia Schaben

After opening the final dress rehearsal for her upcoming Speak Now tour to the public to raise money for victims of the recent tornadoes across the south, Taylor Swift will stream two performances from the show on Saturday in Nashville as a way to expand the fundraiser and give fans a preview of the new North American tour.

Swift tweeted the news to her 6 million-plus Twitter followers Thursday, noting that the stream will happen over her website at 9 p.m. Central time (7 Pacific) during the show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The stream will include information on how viewers may donate to help those affected by the tornados. She has pledged 100% of ticket sales from the concert will go to the  Speak Now … Help Now fund she has established through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Her tour opens May 27 in Omaha, Neb., and reaches Southern California for four sold-out shows at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Aug. 23-24 and 27-28.


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Photo: Taylor Swift performs in September at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times