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Kings of Leon, The Flaming Lips, Jackson Browne and Built to Spill to play July 23 "Rock for Oklahoma" tornado relief benefit; tickets on sale Friday

by Brandy McDonnell Published: June 12, 2013
Caleb Followill from the band Kings of Leon performs at the 3rd annual Governors Ball Music Festival on Saturday, June 8, 2013 in New York. (AP)
Caleb Followill from the band Kings of Leon performs at the 3rd annual Governors Ball Music Festival on Saturday, June 8, 2013 in New York. (AP)
Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips performs at the Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Mountain View, Calif. (AP)
Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips performs at the Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Mountain View, Calif. (AP)

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

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 both EF5 tornados that struck Moore, El Reno and the surrounding areas last month.

Tickets for the benefit concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Ticket prices are set at $35 and $50. Prices are subject to applicable fees.

“We couldn’t be more proud to lend a hand to our home state. We were all devastated by what happened there,” said Jared Followill, bassist for Kings of Leon, a Grammy-winning rock band that has Oklahoma City and Talihina ties, in the release. “We have family and friends that were affected by the tornados … this is the least we could do.”

Losses from these storms are estimated to reach upwards of $2 billion. Many of the short-term needs of the people affected by the tornadoes have already been met; the goal of “Rock for Oklahoma” is to help them 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,” said Wayne Coyne, the Oklahoma City-based frontman of The Flaming Lips, in the release.

For more information, go to www.chesapeakearena.com.

-BAM

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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