April 23, 1990 12:00 PM

Showtime (Sat., April 21, 10 P.M. ET)


Most pop-music stars live around L.A. anyway, but once a year all the rest of the chartbusters descend on the town for the Grammies. The night after this year’s ceremony, Showtime took advantage of the annual convocation to film this all-star edition of its music series.

Hitting the stage at the China Club are Michael Bolton, Lou Reed, Sting, Rickie Lee Jones and amateurs like Michael J. Fox, Michael Keaton and Woody Harrelson. Usually these kinds of gatherings are disappointing, but this time the jams are tight, especially B.B. King singing “Everyday I Have the Blues,” backed up by Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar and Bruce Hornsby tearing it up on a version of “The Mighty Quinn” that sounds like it was left over from Leon Russell’s great Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour.

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