As you know, I was raised in Las Vegas. My father worked at the Aladdin Hotel in the late 70's, back when Linda Ronstadt actually looked like the photo on her latest album. So when I heard that the lovely lady was booed off the stage and tossed off the premises, I thought, "My God, what'd she do? Compliment Strom Thurmond? Say Terrence McNabb is overrated?"
No, nothing that indisious. Apparently, all she did was express her opinion in a nation where it's becoming increasingly dangerous to do so.
The row between Ms. Ronstadt and the Alladin was a pot ready to boil over, but THEY threw the first punch when they publicized her appearance as a "Greatest Hits Tour". DON'T THEY KNOW THAT MS. RONSTADT NO LONGER PERFORMS HER GREATEST HITS? Those candy rock ditties were fine 30 years ago, but she's evolved and outgrown them, thank you very much. Now she only sings her worst hits - songs guaranteed to clear a concert hall in 10.5 seconds flat. Between numbers, she takes to berating what remains of the audience and lecturing them on political issues. That way, she can always be sure that only well-informed, politically-enlightened people who truly appreciate her work attend her performances.
Of course, many uncultured philistines don't appreciate her at all. I'm sure it's not easy for her to go on stage every night and start talking about how Bush is Hitler when there are drunken Christian Fundamentalists in the audience shouting, "Yo! Patty! Sing 'HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!'" and "LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD!" at her. But she goes on anyway, because she's an artist. Nay, she's an ARTISTE, with a little doohickey over the 'e', and if Bushy or ANY OF YOU don't appreciate true talent when you see it, then YOU CAN ALL JUST GO TO HELL!!!