If you're a Taylor Swift diehard you may already know this- but in case you don't- tickets for her special benefit concert, titled Speak Now ... Help Now, went on sale today (May 12).
The singer opened the last dress rehearsal (May 21 in Ohama, Nebraska) for the North American leg of her Speak Now World tour as a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the victims of last month's devastating tornadoes in the Southeast. Taylor revealed it was after watching the frightening footage of tornadoes wreaking havoc on seven southern states that she felt compelled to help the victims. "I got the idea to open up the last dress rehearsal of our tour to the public and have the tickets benefit the tornado victims because the day that all this was happening, we were all at rehearsal, and so many of the people on my crew have relatives in Alabama who were sending them videos of a cyclone in their local park or down the street from them," explains Taylor.
She emphasizes the benefit show is a true dress rehearsal and may require a little fine-tuning on a song or two. "This experience, as far as opening up a rehearsal to the public, it's going to be just like one of our regular shows," the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year explains. "It will have the same songs, the same set list, the same production elements as the other shows on the new tour. But because it is actually a true dress rehearsal, there might be some fine-tuning. There might be some things we'll have to do over again. I can imagine that it might be a very, very true dress rehearsal, but I don't care -- it's worth it to raise money for people who really need it right now."
If case you are unable to buy a ticket, you can go to Taylor's official website to make a donation through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. All proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go directly to help tornado victims.