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Kings of Leon, Flaming Lips to play 'Rock for Oklahoma' tornado relief benefit

The concert, which also will feature Jackson Browne, Built to Spill and special guests, will be July 23 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: June 13, 2013

Kings of Leon and The Flaming Lips will lead an all-star lineup at the “Rock for Oklahoma” tornado relief benefit July 23 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno Ave.

The concert also will feature Jackson Browne, Built to Spill and special guests, according to a news release.

It will raise money for victims of the tornadoes that struck Moore, El Reno and the surrounding areas last month.

Tickets are $35 and $50.

They will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

“We couldn't be more proud to lend a hand to our home state. We were all devastated by what happened there,” Jared Followill, bassist for Kings of Leon, said in the news release.

“We have family and friends that were affected by the tornadoes ... this is the least we could do.”

Losses from these storms are estimated to reach upward of $2 billion.

Many of the short-term needs of the people affected by the tornadoes have been met; the goal of “Rock for Oklahoma” is to help with long-term issues and problems, such as regaining livelihoods.

All of the proceeds will be dispersed to central Oklahoma community organizations and charities, via local charities, according to the release.

“Shakespeare said, ‘It is not enough to help the needy up, but to support them after' and in our small way we are trying to not just be here at the moment of immediate need, but to stay and help with the rebuilding. After all, this is our home and they are us and we are them,” Wayne Coyne, the Oklahoma City-based frontman of The Flaming Lips, said in the release.

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