Kings Of Leon have explained why they felt the need to organise a charity concert for the victims of the Oklahoma tornado.
The band will headline the ‘Rock for Oklahoma’ gig on July 23 with The Flaming Lips and Jackson Browne at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Proceeds from the charity concert will be donated to the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Built to Spill, Ben Kweller and Grace Potter will also appear on the bill for the charity show.
Speaking to USA Today, Jared Followill explained: “It just felt like something we could lend a hand to. We talked about just donating some money. You know we just all started talking and we realised we’d probably raise more money by doing a show and it would probably be more fun for us than just writing a cheque.”
He adds: “We can go there and be with the people, be with our family. It was one of those things that we didn’t realise that it could happen. The people that we work with just made it happen really quickly.”
Meanwhile, it was confirmed yesterday (July 11) that Kings of Leon will release their new single ‘Supersoaker’ on July 17. ‘Supersoaker’ is the first track to be taken from the US band’s new album ‘Mechanical Bull’ and will be available via all digital providers from next Wednesday. The band will promote the single with a performance on US chatshow Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on July 22.
Kings of Leon will then release ‘Mechanical Bull’, their follow up to 2010’s ‘Come Around Sundown’, on September 24. The album was recorded with longtime producer Angelo Petraglia in the band’s studio in Nashville.
Before the album is released, the band will headline this summer’s V Festival. Taking place over the weekend of August 17-18 at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, the two-day event will see the band take to the main stage alongside fellow headliner Beyoncé.