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Underwood's Blown Away Tour gets DVD treatment

Friday, May 31, 2013 – Carrie Underwood will bring her just ended Blown Away Tour to DVD with the Aug. 13 release of "The Blown Away Tour: LIVE."

Filmed in concert this past March in Ontario, Cal. the release features more than 20 songs, with performances of a dozen of Underwood's number one singles, including and the album title track that inspired her tour name, Blown Away.

Alongside nearly 100 minutes of performance footage will be bonus clips offering a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the tour, including interviews with Underwood and Raj Kapoor, the tour director responsible for the large production and effects that defined the remarkable visual elements of The Blown Away Tour. Among the additional content is a selection of music videos from Underwood's Platinum-certified "Blown Away" album.

The tour launched in the spring of 2012 and continued through May 23 for a total of 112 dates in 110 cities, 6 countries and 3 continents, playing for more than 1 million fans and selling out every concert this year.

By the numbers, the stage production included 575,424 individual LED lights in 3,000 square feet of video walls and 23,063 feet of cable to generate the 172 different colors used in the show's lighting. As part of each show, Underwood and her band flew 150 feet above the audience at a speed of .3 feet per second on a secondary stage that weighed 5,890 pounds, while a total of 450 carbon dioxide and 222 nitrogen tanks were used during the life of the tour to create the "Blown Away" tornado effect at each performance.

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