Picks and Pans Review: Music on Video

updated 08/08/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/08/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>STAND BY ME

There's nothing wrong with this AIDS benefit concert an hour or two more of tape couldn't cure. As it stands, it is a terrific 60 minutes of pop music interspersed with thoughtful comments about the disease from performers and from a concert organizer, George Cant, who talks of learning he had AIDS only days before the event. The April 1, 1987 concert at London's Wembley Arena is often striking. Boy George and Meatloaf, the unlikeliest of duet pairs, sing Stand by Me. Kim Wilde and her dad, English pop singer Marty Wilde, sing an affecting Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word. The Communards, led by leprechaunish Jimmy Somerville, do Don't Leave Me This Way. George Michael vigorously performs three songs, one the Jackson 5's 1-2-3; Michael's former Wham! partner, Andrew Ridgeley, Herbie Hancock and John Entwistle of The Who play backup. Most striking, though, is Elton John. With not a little bitterness, he laments that AIDS was ignored when it was discovered among homosexuals because "it meant getting rid of a lot of poofs." Then, without silly costumes and accompanied only by his own piano, John sings Carole King's Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? It's a lovely, touching performance. (IVE; $19.95, an unspecified part of which goes to AIDS research)

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