Though it's riding high on two recent dance hits ("Object of My Desire" and "Restless"), Starpoint showed even more flair for balladry during its confident, enthusiastic set at the half-filled Universal Amphitheatre Saturday night. That skill could win the sextet crossover success not unlike that of Atlantic Starr, a group it resembles stylistically. Starpoint's standout member is Renee Diggs, an attractive singer with enough presence and showy vocal moves to enhance even the less challenging tunes.
The second-billed Jets elicited screams befitting their teen-dream status and showed a professionalism you wouldn't expect from a group whose youngest member is 12. Their own hits--most notably the ingratiating "Crush on You"--were well received, but it was the Minneapolis group's energetic rendition of Prince's "I Would Die 4 You" and "Baby I'm a Star" that were really memorable.
After a long delay before taking the stage, Alexander O'Neal performed only two songs--neither of them "Saturday Love," his blistering duet with Cherrelle that's dominated black radio for several weeks. Currently Luther Vandross' strongest competition in the R&B male singer category, O'Neal has a manly, wholly distinctive vocal style that was crowd-pleasing, even if his leave-'em-wanting-a- lot- more attitude wasn't. Vocal duo Sly Fox opened the show with a lively, celebrative set.