Saturday, June 22, 2013

Flaming Lips Coordinate Oklahoma Tornado Relief Shows

Some cool news out of the Flaming Lips camp:

Oklahoma City favorite sons The Flaming Lips will join an all-star line-up of musicians with a special connection to the state of Oklahoma for the Rock For Oklahoma Benefit concert, which will raise money for victims of both F5 tornados that struck Moore, Oklahoma City, and surrounding areas this spring. The Flaming Lips, Kings of Leon, Jackson Browne, Built to Spill and special guests will perform at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Tickets are $35 and $50 and are on sale now online via or by phone at 1.800.745.3000.

Losses from these storms are estimated to reach upwards of $2 billion. Many of the short-term needs of the people affected by the tornados have already been met; the goal of Rock for Oklahoma is to help them with long-term issues and problems, such as regaining livelihoods. All of the proceeds will be dispersed to central Oklahoma community organizations and charities, via local charities.

"Shakespeare said, 'It is not enough to help the needy up, but to support them after,'" says Lips frontman Wayne Coyne. "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."

At present, The Lips have recently returned home after dates around the globe in support of The Terror including shows w/ The Black Keys. They have a couple more dates w/ The Keys as well as a pair of shows w/ support from Spiritualized.

The Flaming Lips upcoming tour dates are as follows:

July 11 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Pavilion w/ The Black Keys
July 12 Greenville, SC Charter Amphitheatre w/ The Black Keys
July 15 Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theatre w/ Spiritualized
July 16 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE Outdoors w/ Spiritualized
July 17 Lewiston, NY Artpark
July 25 Salt Lake City, UT Twilight Concert Series, Pioneer Park
July 27 Troutdale, OR McMenamins Edgefield
July 28 Seattle, WA Capitol Hill Block Party
July 31 Costa Mesa, CA The Pacific Amphitheatre
Aug 1 Las Vegas, NV Bud Light Music First, House of Blues
Aug 17 Omaha, NE Maha Maha Festival
Sep 6 Isle Of Wight, UK Bestival
Sep 7 Stekene, Belgium Crammerock Festival
Oct 21 Tokyo, Japan Blitz
Oct 22 Tokyo, Japan Blitz
Oct 23 Osaka, Japan Hatch
Oct 24 Nagoya, Japan Club Diamond Hall