Folks this is a sad day for music. And a sadder day for this country.
According to the LAS VEGAS SUN, while performing a concert this weekend, Linda Ronstadt was asked to leave the stage by the venue management when she dedicated the Eagles hit 'Desperado' to Michael Moore. According to the paper, the room erupted into equal parts boos and cheers.
She told the audience Moore "is someone who cares about this country deeply and is trying to help."
Aladdin Casino President Bill Timmins ordered security guards to escort Ronstadt off the property and her belongings from her hotel room were sent to her tour bus.
Timmins also sent word to Ronstadt that she was no longer welcome at the property for future performances, according Aladdin spokeswoman Tyri Squyres.
Hundreds of angry fans streamed from the theater as Ronstadt sang. Some of them reportedly defaced posters of her in the lobby, writing comments and tossing drinks on her pictures.
Timmins told Las Vegas Sun gossip columnist Timothy McDarrah: "We live in a city where people come from all over the world to be entertained. We hired Ms. Ronstadt as an entertainer, not as a political activist.
"Whether you are politically on the left or on the right is not the point. She went up in front of the stage and just let it out. This was not the correct forum for that."
Timmins said she was wrong to bring her politics to the stage.
The review goes on to blast the performance as awful, saying the conclusion was the highlight of the evening.
When an artist can not perform because of the political climate, it is a very sad day and we are all poorer for it.
Well, the Dixie Chicks controversy did prove that this sort of thing is good for business. It remains to be seen what impact of the Fahrenheit 9/11 stances of Pete Townshend ("Won't Get Fooled Again"), R.E.M. ("Shiny Happy People"), and Neil Young ("Rockin' In The Free World") will have on their audiences and sales.
So hopefully Ronstadt will be able to continue her tour. And artists will continue to be free to express themselves.
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