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Courtney Love, U2, ScarJo Lead Lineup for Benefit Concert


When a worthy benefit calls, music’s biggest stars answer.

U2, Courtney Love, and actress-cum-singer Scarlett Johansson lead a star-studded lineup for “Hal Willner Presents: An Evening with Gavin Friday and Friends,” an installment of the new (RED)NIGHTS concert series, which aims to raise money to fight AIDS. The show is scheduled for October 4 at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 11 A.M. EST.

The lineup also includes plenty of other do-gooders, including Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons), Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Laurie Anderson, Turtles’ Flo & Eddie, the Pogues’ Shane McGowan, and punk icon Lydia Lunch. Gavin Friday will also perform with members of his goth band, the Virgin Prunes.

Willner, who has produced albums for Lou Reed and Marianne Faithfull, arranged the concert with Friday, who has long been friends with Bono. Part of the proceeds from the tickets will go toward the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

The (RED)NIGHTS series has also received support from artists like Fall Out Boy, Katy Perry, Santigold, and Built to Spill, in the form of unique concerts throughout the U.S. For more information, visit: or