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TRIBUTE TO STAR OF `REAL WORLD' BOOSTS HIV AWARENESS MESSAGE.

Byline: Amy Dawes Daily News Staff Writer

The spirit of Pedro Zamora - one of Generation X's most visible and effective AIDS activists - lives on in a concert to be held Oct. 5 at the Great Western Forum to benefit Zamora's foundation, which is dedicated to educating America's youth about AIDS.

Joan Osborne, Soul Asylum, Jewel, Extra Fancy, and Presidents of the United States of America will headline the bill, which will also include appearances by comedians and celebrities.

Tickets are $30 ($20 for students with I.D.) and are on sale via Ticketmaster.

Zamora, who was a cast member on MTV's ``The Real World'' and made hundreds of personal appearances around the country on behalf of HIV/AIDS education, died of AIDS at age 22 on Nov. 11, 1994.

``Pedro's greatest gift was his ability to communicate to Generation X; to say, `My name is Pedro, I have AIDS, and it could happen to you,' '' said Brian Quintana, president of the Pedro Zamora Foundation. ``He personalized the disease for the many who got to know him through MTV, and the overwhelming response we have received from the music industry is a testament to how powerful his message was and how powerful a messenger he was.''

Quintana said the concert will be ``a vehicle for raising awareness'' as well as a fund-raiser. He estimates that 12,000 to 15,000 people will attend, including ``Real World'' cast members past and present and many young actors and musicians.

A video tribute to Zamora, described by Quintana as ``a call to arms,'' will be part of the program, as will a videotaped message from President Clinton and a public appearance by boxer Tommy Morrison, who has recently disclosed his diagnosis with HIV.

The concert will be simulcast nationally on more than 200 radio stations, including KROQ-FM (106.7).

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Title Annotation:L.A. LIFE
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Sep 11, 1996
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