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Linda Ronstadt Won’t Attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

Linda Ronstadt
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On April 10, Linda Ronstadt will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a special star-studded tribute from Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Carrie Underwood. But one star who won’t be in attendance is Ronstadt herself.

As Ronstadt recently told Billboard, her struggle with Parkinson’s disease has made it difficult to leave home. “It’s very hard for me to travel,” she explained. “I can’t travel very easily. I have to save traveling for things I really have to do. I have to spend a certain amount of time visiting my family, and I have to spend a little bit of time doing things that are professional. But I just can’t travel casually. it’s too hard.”

But even without health concerns keeping her away, it sounds as though Ronstadt might not have gone to the ceremony. “I haven’t given it one thought, I have to say,” she insisted. “It wasn’t anything I ever thought about. I never thought of myself as a rock’ n’ roll singer; I sang it, (but) it’s just one of the things I sang. I sang a lot of different stuff. I didn’t go the last two times I was nominated for a Grammy, either. I don’t have anything against it; you just don’t do things for those reasons. If you’re working for prizes, you’re in trouble. There’s nothing wrong with it. I don’t mind it. It’s just not anything I ever gave a thought to.”

Although her disease has robbed her of the ability to sing, Ronstadt remains active in archival releases of her work; she assisted with the sequencing for the ‘Duets’ compilation Rhino is releasing on April 8, and she concedes that more projects in that vein could be on the horizon.

“I could put out a whole record of just Jimmy Webb stuff, or I’ve got enough duets with Aaron (Neville) to make a whole album,” she mused. “But I don’t know how much of a demand there is for it; the record business has changed so profoundly. It’s not something I think about, but every once in awhile a record company comes and says, ‘We’d like to put out this. Do you think you could put this together?’ and I go, ‘OK, I can do that.’ I’d love to do stuff of me singing with other women singers, like Ann Savoy and Dolly [Parton] and Emmylou and Laurie [Lewis] and just have it be that, or just traditional stuff. I sang a lot of stuff, so there are all sorts of possibilities, I guess.”

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