DJ AM Makes First Public Appearance Since Plane Crash

DJ AM Makes First Public Appearance Since Plane Crash
Hilary Duff, left, with DJ AM
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10/15/2008 12:15PM

DJ AM made his first big public appearance at a benefit concert Tuesday night in Hollywood, nearly a month after surviving a deadly plane crash with pal Travis Barker.

During the five-hour show at Avalon – dubbed "Welcome Home DJ A.M." – DJ AM (real name: Adam Goldstein), 35, was joined onstage by his closest friends, including fellow celebrity deejays Mark Ronson, Mix Master Mike, Steve Aoki, and That 70s Show's Danny Masterson.

Barker, 32, remains hospitalized in L.A., but recently called Goldstein an inspiration.

Cisco Adler, who was one of the performers, said of Goldstein, "I've known him since we were kids. I just saw him for the first time [since the crash] and it was literally an amazing moment."

Pal Simon Rex, who sang two rap songs, told PEOPLE before the show, "I hung out with Adam the other day, he's home, and he's doing great." But he added, "Adam is still I think in shock. He can't believe what happened. It's a miracle."

While onstage, Goldstein laughed with friends, watched the crowd, and sang along to music.

The concert, which drew about 1,500 people – including Hilary Duff, Will.i.am, and Malcolm in the Middle's Chris Masterson – benefited the families of the plane crash victims, which included Travis Barker's close friend and assistant Chris "Lil' Chris" Baker, 29, and his bodyguard, Charles "Che" Still, 25.

For an exclusive interview with Goldstein about the crash and his recovery, pick up a copy of the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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