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Rolling Stones Tribute Set for Carnegie Hall

Lineup will include Steve Earle, the Mountain Goats and Rosanne Cash

November 21, 2011 6:10 PM ET
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The Rolling Stones perform in Bristol, United Kingdom.
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Musicians including the Mountain Goats, Steve Earle, Rosanne Cash and Glen Hansard will pay tribute to the Rolling Stones at a fundraiser for musical education programs for underprivileged youth at Carnegie Hall. The concert, which will feature 21 artists playing the 21 tracks from the band's hits collection Hot Rocks 1964-1971, will take place on March 13th. More artists will be added to the lineup closer to the event.

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This night of Stones covers will be the eighth installment in philanthropist Michael Dorf's series of fundraising events at Carnegie Hall. Previous concerts have honored the music of R.E.M., Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Elton John and the Who.

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