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Okla. rockers come together in “Rock for Oklahoma” benefit concert

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The “Healing in the Heartland” concert was a huge success and now another group of Oklahoma musicians are creating a different type of benefit event.

The “Rock for Oklahoma Benefit” will feature Kings of Leon, The Flaming Lips, Jackson Browne, Built to Spill and other special guests at the Chesapeake Energy Arena Tuesday, July 23.

The event is aiming to raise money for the tornadoes victims in Moore, El Reno and the surrounding areas this spring.

“We couldn’t be more proud to lend a hand to our home state,” Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill said. “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.”

Tickets are $35 or $50 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Organizers said many of the short-term needs of the victims have been met but they want to help with long-term issues and problems.

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips said, “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.”

All the proceeds will be dispersed to central Oklahoma community organizations and charities.