Singer Don Henley was booed at a concert in Orange County, Calif., after mentioning his friendship with Linda Ronstadt, who gained national attention after alienating much of her audience with a song dedication to leftist filmmaker Michael Moore.
At the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Thursday Henley made several political comments between songs, according to a report in the Orange County Register.
One comment began: “Given what my good friend Linda Ronstadt …” but was interrupted immediately with a chorus of boos from the audience.
According to the Register, Henley responded: “Whoops – Orange County,” adding, “We used to be able to have civil debate in this country. Not anymore.”
Orange County is known as a politically conservative area of Southern California.
Later in the concert, Henley, a former member of the Eagles rock band, suggested his next song could be sung as a duet by President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Written by Randy Newman, “Political Science” has the U.S. dropping nukes on nearly every other part of the world.
One of the lyrics is: “They don’t respect us so let’s surprise them. We’ll drop the big one and pulverize them.”
“[Henley] really blindsided everyone,” Joshua Owen of Long Beach told the local paper. “There was booing. Some people headed for the exits.”
Henley performs tonight in Saratoga, Calif., with future concerts on his summer tour slated to include Washington, Alaska, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia and Texas.
As WorldNetDaily reported, last month Ronstadt’s onstage tribute to Moore at the Aladdin in Las Vegas was booed by concertgoers in attendance, hundreds of whom walked out. Her action 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.