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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1175992/posts

 

Seems the scandal surrounding the Alladin has launched the interest of investors. Considering that the casino was in the stages of bankruptcy; seems the new owners will be inviting Linda back accompanied by Michael Moore who had previously stated that he would join her for a song if Alladin would change their position on banning her.

 

:thu::thu::thu:

 

Talk about free press and a career boost. :cool:

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Amazing...

 

see my new tag line for classic American philosophy on the subject- Linda has little to regret this time around!

 

Does Michael Moore sing or play an instrument? Oh- I get it! He does light shows!

A WOP BOP A LU BOP, A LOP BAM BOOM!

 

"There is nothing I regret so much as my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?" -Henry David Thoreau

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Originally posted by Cereal:

oops....looks like the political forum toilet has overflowed again

Well,last I heard,Linda is a singer not a politician so it is music related to a degree.Besides,GZ almost never ventures in these particular waters anyway. ;)
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She did it again.

 

Ronstadt gets audience walkout encore

 

By Bonita Brewer

 

LIVERMORE - Linda Ronstadt's political message sent close to a hundred concert-goers home early Thursday evening.

 

What had been a mellow evening at Wente Vineyards, with the crowd even serenading her with "Happy Birthday" at one point, turned into a rush for the exits by some fans angry by her encore tribute to filmmaker Michael Moore.

 

"She just had to do it," one fan steamed as he headed for the parking lot. "It was good until the end," another yelled to TV crews waiting outside the concert.

 

"She's getting out of line; it's ridiculous," said Cindy Williams of Livermore, as she left during the last song of the evening.

 

Ronstadt's encore dedication of the song "Desperado" to Moore, the controversial maker of "Fahrenheit 9/11" who she described Thursday as "a great American patriot," got her booted from a Las Vegas casino Saturday and drew cheers, some boos, and a few "traitor" yells from the Livermore crowd.

 

Until that last song, the concert had been an evening of good music and happy fans.

 

There was no shortage of conflicting opinions among the baby-boomer crowd, a sprinkling of them dressed in patriotic colors, but it was no referendum on the war in Iraq, no pro- or anti-Bush lovefest, or even a meeting of the Michael Moore fan club.

 

Concert-goers, who paid from $99 to $249 each for tickets, were well aware of the controversy, but said they just wanted to enjoy the songs.

 

"I love her music, but I hate her politics, and I hope she just sings," said Tina Uzelac of Livermore, who arrived wearing a flag sweater. "These tickets are pretty high-priced, and we're not paying to go to a political rally."

 

On Saturday, Ronstadt was booed by some audience members at the Aladdin hotel-casino, then booted from the hotel by management after dedicating her "Desperado" encore to Moore and his film,, which excoriates President Bush over the war in Iraq.

 

Ronstadt won over the Livermore crowd after her first jazzy number, backed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

 

"Normally we end the show with 'Desperado,' but tonight we'll end with 'Viva Las Vegas,'" the singer said, drawing laughs, a long, warm cheer and a few grunts from the crowd of 1,750.

 

"There are too many Republicans in Vegas," Mike Donnelly of Clayton said before the show. "I think the response (to her remarks) has been ridiculous and ludicrous."

 

Corey and Susan Tate of Livermore came to the concert with a gift for Ronstadt -- an American flag, with a note on its paper wrapper: "To Linda, a patriot. Bless you."

 

"I've been listening to Linda since 1967. She has been a standard-bearer for liberal causes, and I'm glad she spoke up ... People like her represent America; it's not just people with conservative views," Corey Tate said.

 

The controversy created a sellout, said Wente president Carolyn Wente.

 

About 20 people angered by Ronstadt's comments dropped plans to attend, but their traded-in tickets were snatched up and the show was sold out Wednesday.

 

"It was just a handful (turning in tickets) when you consider there are 1,700 folks coming," Wente said before the show.

 

Wente said she did not ask Ronstadt to refrain from any political comments.

 

"We don't take any position on any of our artists' political thoughts or perceptions," she said.

 

With her comments Saturday, Ronstadt became the latest liberal musician to use the stage for political views, and another to suffer conservative backlash.

 

In March 2003, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines' comments against Bush and the Iraq war triggered a boycott by a group of more than 200 radio stations.

 

At a recent John Kerry fund-raiser, actress Whoopi Goldberg made several crude puns on Bush's name, and complaints led to her firing as a spokeswoman for Florida-based Slim-Fast.

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Originally posted by WOW:

So is that why you are kicking him in the teeth, because he won't know about it?

 

Go say it to him ya wimp. :wave:

and what the hell are you doing up here?

 

Back in your political hole at once mister! ;)

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One thing's for sure- any publicity really is good publicity, and a lot of folks who haven't thought about Linda in years will be dragging out their old Ronstadt albums, realizing they don't have turntable anymore, and buying CD's!

 

Some doubtless thinking, "She's so stupid now with that tasteless political stuff, but I want to hear those old songs I love."

 

Ka CHING!!

A WOP BOP A LU BOP, A LOP BAM BOOM!

 

"There is nothing I regret so much as my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?" -Henry David Thoreau

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Originally posted by WOW:

So is that why you are kicking him in the teeth, because he won't know about it?

 

Go say it to him ya wimp. :idea:

I guess you don't read the respones in the political forum either.Interesting.
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Originally posted by WOW:

GZ almost never ventures in these particular waters anyway
So is that why you are kicking him in the teeth, because he won't know about it?

 

Go say it to him ya wimp. :wave:

yeah, gz is real intimidating
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Originally posted by WOW:

any publicity really is good publicity
BINGO,

 

so expect more entertainers with 3rd rate careers to be pulling this soon.

Yeah, looks like the Aladdin did OK too, attracted some new investors in a hurry.

 

The art of the publicity stunt- you got to admit, not everybody can pull it off every time.

 

Did anybody lose this time around? Bankrupt casino gets new investors, Ronstadt gets heard of for the first time in a while, timing couldn't be better for Moore, or the charity that gets 60% of the flick proceeds.

 

Hell, it's good for the economy!

A WOP BOP A LU BOP, A LOP BAM BOOM!

 

"There is nothing I regret so much as my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?" -Henry David Thoreau

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or the charity that gets 60% of the flick proceeds.
Ted,

 

I missed that one! So what charity is Moore donating 60% of the flicks proceeds to? Am I reading this correct? If so, and it's a good charity developed to help the families of the soldiers... whereas our government slights them by cutting Veteran's benefits as they send our kids to war; I'll promote the movie as much as I can on my web site; not that it needs the help, but..... I'll take a public position in support of the film.

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Originally posted by Ted Nightshade:

The art of the publicity stunt- you got to admit, not everybody can pull it off every time.

Normally I'd look at it the same way,but in light of the recent dropping of celebs by large coperations that happen to be supporting the current admin.(gee what a coincidence),to even an ABC's Nightline show being yanked in certain cities because it didn't reflect well with whom it's sponsor's politically support,I'd say wer'e experiencing a new version of the second coming of McCarthyism(or at least a half-assed attempt),and Linda Rondstandt's situation seemed hardly planned,after all,wer'e not talking about the promotion of Maddonna's new tour here.Yes,I know,this thread treads dangerously close to being excorted to the political forum where it had already been batted around,but that would be a shame because it involves a musician/artist and our basic right of free speech.Thankfully,this one had a happy ending as far as i'm concerned.
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Oh gawd....this is so cheap! Yuk!

 

I guess you do what you have to do to get attention so people will buy records. And I do like Ronstadt's stuff...the old stuff anyway.

 

But now they'll open to a huge over-flowing crowd of supporters, who will treat her like some 'Martyr for the cause, man'. And that's so damn cheezy that I think I want to puke....Aaaack!!! :freak:

 

Oh well...I guess you gotta take these breaks and run with them. That's certainly what the new ownership is doing.

 

And so in conclusion, I would just like to take this moment to dedicate this post to Michael Moore -a great American.

Now please gimme some gigs!!! :D

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Linda Ronstadt's musicianship and her rights to actually have a personality where she shares a part of herself with her audience.... is EXACTLY why I posted this thread in this forum.

 

The whole art of entertainment is being able to connect with your audience. Where Ronstadt had a 1/4 of an audience walk out; the publicity that she has gained has brought it to the attention of millions of Americans that she has taken to the road again. I was not aware she was on tour; and I guarantee that our local stations don't promote the older artists. Where I may not have heard a whisper of her sashaying through a nearby town; I have the opportunity now to look up her tour on Ticketmaster and attend a show. I'll step up to the cause; she's one of the very first solo female artists that I learned to sing her songs when growing up. Definitely a mentor in my book.

 

I was crushed when Ronstadts' mega career tipsided when she publicly expressed upset that a Pop artist criss-crossed over to the Country charts and stole a grammy that she was up for. I'm thinking that the other artist was Olivia Newton John, who had never had a country song on the charts at the time; it's been many years and I was pretty young at the time.

 

I am VERY glad to see Don Henley step back in as a co-founder of the RAC and go to bat for Ronstadt. It was through HER that the Eagles gained their fame. Don Henley and Glenn Frey played back-up for her, if memory serves me correctly; I'm not sure if any of the other Eagles members were in her back-up band. Ronstadt co-wrote the song Desperado with Henley and the Eagles grew from there.

 

The new owners that made the purchase of the Alladin appear to be involved in INDIE aspect of the entertainment industry.... this is an assumption after reading the article I posted above. I'm hoping so anyway.

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I find much of the commentary on this thread quite amusing. Whether you agree with her politics or not, you have to commend her courage in making her statement in the current political media climate.

 

Clearly she dedicated the song, and recommended the movie because she felt it was important for Americans to get this information. She had to have known how the Dixie Chicks and others have been bashed for similar antics. I again applaud her courage.

 

Entertainers have always been part of the political scene in America. Charlie Chaplin, Ronald Reagan, John Wayne all were very active and vocal in expressing their political views. Most of the great artist's in the 60's made political statements in their music and their lives. John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, come to mind.

 

Since when have musicians gotten so uptight that they can't imagine an artist expressing their political viewpoint; or even being able to recommend a movie for that matter?

 

Give Linda a break and try to imagine that she has deep convictions and is not afraid to speak of them. To try to reduce her actions to a “publicity stunt” is a very shallow/narrow explanation to something certainly much wider and deeper than that. She has as much a right to speak her piece as anyone here does, and much bigger balls for doing so in such a public arena.

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IMHO, if an aging artist has to do a publicity stunt, I'd prefer her to hear her make a controversial political statement than to see her whip out a boob on TV.

 

Nothing against boobs, but If LR made a few people think or discuss current events, whether or not they agree with her views, she's got WAY more class than someone who has to strip to get attention.

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I don't think it was a pre-planned publicity stunt, but a copycat would be. Still she got the results of a major publicity score. So did the casino. So did Moore.

 

The charity hasn't been announced yet, maybe hasn't been decided yet. Agreed with me that something that really benefitted veterans would be most appropriate, and much needed- so would something that really benefitted Iraqis.

A WOP BOP A LU BOP, A LOP BAM BOOM!

 

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Ted,

 

I did some research on the charitable organzations Moore has extended proceeds from previous films. He has donated a lot of moneys to Soup Houses and shelters for battered women and children. Also a Library fund....

 

I'm liking this guy better all the time. If you happen to see his charity announced, let me know and I'll do a write up on my site about it. I may attempt to contact his organization to inquire, but chances of reaching them direct are slim.

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