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Jewel, R.E.M. To Play Gay Men's Health Crisis Benefit

R.E.M. and Jewel will perform short sets at the third You Gotta Have Friends benefit for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis on January 31 at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The alternative rock pioneers are expected to play a 30 to 45-minute electric set, and Jewel will play an approximately 20-minute-long acoustic set.

The event will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and will honor AOL Time Warner for their commitment to the fight against AIDS.

You Gotta Have Friends will also feature a performance by Sweet Honey in the Rock, a Grammy-winning female a cappella gospel/jazz/blues ensemble, and appearances by Rosie Perez and Academy Awards joke-writer Bruce Vilanch.

Last year’s show featured the B-52’s, Cyndi Lauper and Sandra Bernhard.

Regular tickets for the gala are $250, $100 and $75. For $1,000, attendees receive “benefit level” tickets and an invitation to a post-concert reception with the event talent.

All proceeds will benefit the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, a non-profit organization that promotes AIDS awareness and provides assistance to those battling the disease.

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