The show, which took place
The most poignant moment, however, is the tribute by
The all-star singers do a great job as they belt out "Silver Threads and
Everybody gets a turn in the spotlight during the emotional tribute, and each singer gives it her all. Crow and Nicks especially do themselves proud, and I love Raitt's weary, bluesy voice. But the singer who sounds most like Ronstadt is Underwood.
Blessed with powerful pipes, like Ronstadt's, Underwood can really hit the high notes. Her harmony is sweet, too, and she's clearly the star of this segment.
But as good as Underwood is, she's no Ronstadt. You can hear Crow and Underwood reaching back with everything they have to duplicate Ronstadt's sound. But Linda, like a 12-cylinder
You could see that Ronstadt really mattered to the women, and as inspiring as the segment is, it makes me sad every time I see it.
Ronstadt, 67, wasn't present because she's unsteady on her feet and must use forearm crutches to get around. It's just one of the effects of the Parkinson's disease that's robbed her of her ability to sing.
"I don't drive anymore because I'm unsure of my reflexes," she told me on the phone last October. "And I can't sing in public because it's too hard to muster enough breath. In my final concerts -- a few years back -- it felt like I was just shouting over the roar of the crowd."
She was a huge star in the '70s and '80s, and
"Mainly, Linda taught us how to please the crowd, and she always treated the musicians with respect," Frey said. When
Local Ronstadt fans of a certain age will recall the glorious show she put on more than 30 years ago at the then-brand-new
Later that night, as we partied at a friend's apartment, I called the
But she begged off, saying she had to fly to
It's hard to believe how much time has passed since that memorable night.
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