The rockers make a short live appearance at the New York event...

R.E.M are to play at a Gay Men’s Health Crisis benefit show in NEW YORK.

The group will make a short live appearance at the event. Titled ‘You Gotta Have Friends’, it takes place at the New York Carnegie Hall on January 31, and will be hosted by actress Whoopi Goldberg.

According to the official R.E.M website,, the intention of the show, which also features an appearance from Jewel, is to honour AOL Time Warner and its CEO Jerry Levin for their AIDS awareness campaigns.