Linda Ronstadt’s music and career make a pretty compelling subject for a show, even more so when Linda Ronstadt is the one telling the story. For about 70 minutes she held the audience at the Lobero Theatre spellbound and loving it as she recounted her life, with a slideshow, snippets from her recordings and clips from performances. There were some humorous tids to spice up the proceedings, such as the time the Stone Pony’s clunker of a band transporter broke down en route to a record company meeting, and without enough moolah to get it repaired, they were consoled by hearing “Different Drums” playing on the gas station’s radio. She may not be able to perform as a musician any longer, but Ms. Ronstadt certainly “sang” this night.
PS: Hearing Linda’s praise for Anna McGarrigle, who penned “Heart Like a Wheel,” brought back sweet memories of the McGarrigle Sisters and their version of that great song, and of the time they played the Lobero as part of Peggie Jones’s long-running Sing Like Hell series.