Over the last few weeks, a series of tornadoes have ripped through Oklahoma, killing many and racking up over $2 billion in property damage. To aid in the recovery efforts, Oklahoma natives The Flaming Lips and Kings of Leon, along with Built to Spill, Jackson Browne, and other special guests, have announced a benefit concert. Rock For Oklahoma will take place July 23rd at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Arena.
Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill told Tulsa World, “We couldn’t be more proud to lend a hand to our home state. We were all devastated by what happened there… we have family and friends that were affected by the tornados… this is the least we could do.”
Meanwhile, Lips frontman Wayne Coyne quoted The Bard: “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.”
Tickets run between $35 and $50, and go on sale Friday, June 14th. All of the proceeds will benefit various central Oklahoma community organizations and charities.