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Kings of Leon plan benefit show

– When tornadoes devastated parts of Oklahoma this year, members of the band Kings of Leon decided to help out the people of the state that’s been a huge part of their lives over the years.

They just weren’t sure how, and opening up the bank account didn’t seem the right way to go.

“It just felt like something we could lend a hand to,” Jared Followill said. “We talked about just donating some money. But you know we just all started talking and we realized we’d probably raise more money by doing a show and it would probably be more fun for us than just writing a check. We can go there and be with the people, be with our family. It was one of those things that we didn’t realize that it could happen. The people that we work with just made it happen really quickly.”

The Kings of Leon’s Rock for Oklahoma: A Benefit Concert for Oklahoma Tornado Victims will happen July 23. It’s the third big fundraiser in the wake of the storms.

The Followills invited Oklahoma City residents The Flaming Lips and Jackson Browne and Built to Spill to participate in the concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Grace Potter and Ben Kweller will make guest appearances, and there will be a silent auction to win a meet-and-greet with Victoria’s Secret Angels Lily Aldridge and Erin Heatherton.

The concert comes as the Kings wrap up a European tour and prepare to release their sixth album, “Mechanical Bull,” this year.

Known as a Nashville band, the Kings have strong and deep ties to Oklahoma. Half the Followill family band, which consists of brothers Jared, Nathan and Caleb and cousin Matthew, was born in the state. And their fathers still live there.

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