Entries in Tornado (3)


Brad Pitt Sends Thoughts to Joplin Tornado Victims

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- The destruction caused by the recent tornado in Joplin, Missouri has Brad Pitt concerned.

The actor has family in Joplin, which is about 50 miles away from where he grew up.

Speaking with reporters this week at the Los Angeles premiere of his new movie, The Tree of Life, Pitt said of the tornado victims, "We're looking into it now, my thoughts are certainly with them...they have a big mountain ahead of them."

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Taylor Swift Tornado Benefit Show Raises $750,000 in Ticket Sales

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Taylor Swift opened the final dress rehearsal for her Speak Now North American tour to fans Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Proceeds from ticket and merchandise sales all went to the tornado relief effort in Alabama.

During the concert, Swift told the crowd, "We don't have the final tally yet, but we do know that so far just based on tickets alone, you have raised over $750,000."

As for the show itself, Swift's Speak Now show is her most highly-produced presentation yet.  Kicking off with "Sparks Fly," the singer's new set features a ton of pyrotechnics, costume and set changes, elaborate dance routines and even Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics and a full onstage ballet routine.

Over the the two-hour show, Swift played all but one of the songs from the Speak Now album, switching between ukulele, banjo, guitar and piano throughout the night.  Staples from her catalog, such as "Our Song" and "Love Story," rounded out the song list.

Swift's Speak Now tour launches in North America Friday in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Blake Shelton and Reba Announce Oklahoma Tornado Relief Concert

Kevin Winter/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACM(ATOKA COUNTY, Okla.) -- Reba and Blake Shelton were both affected by the recent tornado disaster in Atoka County, Oklahoma. Reba grew up about 30 miles from the site of the worst damage, and Blake still lives in Tishomingo, which is about 50 miles from Atoka. That's why they've teamed up for a tornado relief concert set for May 26 at the Choctaw Event Center in Durant, Oklahoma.

Blake says, "Reba and I have a lot of love for this state and we wanted to do what we can to help. This place is my home and those people are family to us." Reba adds, "We wanted to do something and let the people of Oklahoma know that we love them, and we're praying for them during this difficult tragedy."

Tickets for the relief concert go on sale May 6 at 10 a.m. CT. Fans can purchase by phone at 1-800-585-3737 or online at  All proceeds from the concert will go to the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund. Fans can also text OKGIVE to 27722 to make a one-time donation of $10.

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