Whitney, Barry and Kenny G. Harmonize and Socialize for a Purposeful Pop-Star Bash
Co-hosted by a galaxy of Hollywood star power—Michael Douglas, Whoopi Goldberg, Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Lauren Bacall and others—the concert wasn't all philanthropy. It was also a soon-to-be-prime-time showcase of Arista-produced tunes and top liners. Pared to two hours, the concert will air on CBS April 17. Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday delivered an explosive rendition of "And I'm Telling You." And former punk poet Patti Smith came out of semiretirement to join guitarist husband Fred in an acoustic version of Bob Dylan's "Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" and her own "People Have the Power."
"I was really happy to be asked to perform," said Jermaine Jackson during a preshow bash at Davis's glassy, 38th-floor Manhattan penthouse, where 100 guests traded Top 40 shoptalk. "We have to get together to cure this disease—that's exactly what friends are for."