Comments: Why don't you come to your senses?

I think it's likely Timmins already had a bug up his but vis-a-vis Rondstadt and simply used this as an excuse. Here's a report from someone who was at the concert, taken from a letter written to the National Review's Corner:

My wife & I were at the Linda Ronstadt performance in question, at the Aladdin in Las Vegas, and quite frankly, Aladdin President Bill Timmins' account of what happened is complete crap. There was mixed booing and cheering at Ronstadt's pro-Michael Moore comment, and that was about the extent of the "bedlam" that supposedly broke out. I saw no posters being torn down or cocktails being thrown in the air, and if people stomped out of the theatre unhappy, it was because 1) that was the last song Ronstadt performed; it was her encore; and 2) she mainly sang her standards repertoire, with the Nelson Riddle orchestrations, and a large part of the crowd wanted to hear more of her rock-'n'-roll stuff; she got the biggest round of applause for doing a lackadaisical run-through of her version of "Blue Bayou."

Frankly, my suspicion is that Timmins is way overdramatizing what happened, in order to justify giving Ronstadt the boot. It simply wasn't that big a deal.

Posted by Eric Berlin at July 20, 2004 06:26 AM

Have you seen how much Vegas concerts cost? If I had dropped $100 to see Linda Ronstadt only to be told to go spend ANOTHER $10 on a movie about death and stuff I'd be pissed also.

And then I would go to the buffet.

Posted by ugarte at July 20, 2004 09:54 AM