[Dixielandjazz] Music and politics sometimes don't quite work out... ; -)

David Richoux tubaman at batnet.com
Mon Jul 19 20:02:10 PDT 2004

and sometimes they want it that way!

Dave Richoux


> Singer Linda Ronstadt Ejected by Las Vegas Casino
> Mon Jul 19, 6:54 PM ET
> LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -  Singer Linda Ronstadt (news) was thrown out  
> of the Aladdin casino in Las Vegas on the weekend after dedicating a  
> song to liberal film maker Michael Moore and his movie "Fahrenheit  
> 9/11," a casino spokeswoman said on Monday.
>  Ronstadt, who had been hired for a one-show engagement Saturday night  
> at the Las Vegas Strip casino, dedicated a performance of "Desperado"  
> to Moore and his controversial documentary, which criticizes President  
> Bush (news - web sites) and the U.S.-led war in Iraq (news - web  
> sites).
>  That dedication angered some Aladdin guests who spilled drinks, tore  
> down posters and demanded their money back, said casino spokeswoman  
> Sara Gorgon.
>  "We had quite a scene at the box office," she said.
>  About a quarter of the 4,500 people in the audience got up and left  
> before the performance had finished, Gorgon said.
>  Before her concert, Ronstadt had laughingly told the Las Vegas  
> Review-Journal that she hoped that the casino performance would be her  
> last.
>  "I keep hoping that if I'm annoying enough to them, they won't hire  
> me back," she was quoted as telling the newspaper.
>  A statement issued by the Aladdin said Ronstadt had been "escorted  
> out of the hotel" just after her performance and said the performer  
> would "not be welcomed back."
>  "Ms. Ronstadt was hired to entertain the guests of the Aladdin, not  
> to espouse political views," the casino said.
>  Ronstadt was not immediately available for comment.

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