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Linda Ronstadt (photo: Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Singer Linda Ronstadt’s tribute to leftist filmmaker Michael Moore at the Aladdin in Las Vegas was booed by concertgoers in attendance, hundreds of whom walked out.
According to a report in the Las Vegas Sun, some of the angry fans reportedly defaced posters of her in the lobby of the hotel, writing comments and tossing drinks on her pictures.
Saturday’s tribute to Moore prompted Aladdin President Bill Timmins, who attended the concert, to ban Ronstadt from the property. Staff checked her out of her room and escorted her to her tour bus.
Near the end of the show, Ronstadt, 58, dedicated the Eagles hit “Desperado” to Moore, whose Bush-bashing “Fahrenheit 9/11” is currently playing in theaters. 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.”
Timmins told 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.”
Continued Timmins: “Our first and only priority is the enjoyment of our customers. I made the decision to ask Miss Ronstadt to leave the hotel. A situation like that can easily turn ugly and I didn’t want anything more to come out of it. There were a lot of angry people there after she started talking.
“If she wants to talk about her views to a newspaper or in a magazine article, she is free to do so. But in a stage in front of four and a half thousand people is not the place for it.”
Aladdin spokeswoman Tyri Squyres said Ronstadt didn’t make a scene when being ejected from the hotel.
“She wasn’t happy, but she was cooperative,” Squyres said.
According to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ronstadt also made disparaging remarks about Las Vegas and Aladdin during the show.