Picks and Pans Review: Willie Nelson & Friends Live and Kickin'

updated 06/02/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/02/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

USA (Mon., May 26, 9 p.m. ET)

You needn't be a big Willie Nelson fan to enjoy this 70th-birthday concert, taped last month at New York City's Beacon Theatre. Norah Jones, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow and Ray Charles all perform; stick around and you're bound to hear an artist you particularly like. And everyone seems glad to share the stage with the grizzled redheaded stranger.

As usual at such all-star events, some of the musical combinations are less than magical. When Nelson, Diana Krall and Elvis Costello collaborate on "Crazy," they'll leave you drowsy. But Nelson and ZZ Top raise the roof with "She Loves My Automobile," and Shania Twain's sweet rendition of "Forever and for Always" is enough to make a septuagenarian feel 20 years younger.

BOTTOM LINE: Join the party

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