Kings of Leon and the Flaming Lips are teaming up to headline a benefit concert to aid those affected by the string of tornadoes that struck Oklahoma last month. The “Rock for Oklahoma” concert will be held July 23rd in Oklahoma City, and will also feature Jackson Browne, Built to Spill and more, according to local newspaper Tulsa World.
The newspaper reports that most performers have a special connection to Oklahoma, with Kings of Leon and the Flaming Lips both calling the state home.
“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 tornadoes….this is the least we could do,” Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill told Tulsa World.
Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne added, “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.”
Rolling Stone reports that Coyne experienced the devastation firsthand when his Oklahoma City home flooded in the wake of the tornados.
Proceeds from the benefit concert will be dispersed to local charities and organizations to help alleviate the reported $2 billion in damage spread across Oklahoma communities. Local news station KFOR reports that organizers aim to focus on the long-term aid of areas like Moore and El Reno, Okla., which were hit hardest by the disasters.