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Members of Kings of Leon host benefit for victims of Oklahoma tornado

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NASHVILLE -- When tornadoes devastated parts of Oklahoma earlier this year, members of Kings of Leon decided to help out the people of the state that's been a huge part of their lives.

"We talked about just donating some money," Jared Followill said. "But 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 cheque. "

The Kings of Leon's Rock for Oklahoma: A Benefit Concert for Oklahoma Tornado Victims is on July 23. It's the third big fundraiser in the wake of the devastating storms.

The Followills invited Oklahoma City residents the Flaming Lips, as well as Jackson Browne and Built to Spill, to participate in the concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Half the Followill family band, which consists of brothers Jared, Nathan and Caleb and cousin Matthew, was born in Oklahoma.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 9, 2013 D2

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