Linda Ronstadt confirms she won’t attend Hall of Fame induction gala

Singer Linda Ronstadt has confirmed she’ll be a no-show at the upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – because she’s too ill to attend. The Blue Bayou hitmaker revealed she is battling Parkinson’s disease last year (13) – and her poor health makes it difficult for her to travel.
But she tells that she’s not that bothered about the honour anyway, explaining, “I haven’t given it one thought, I have to say. 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.”
And she’s not sure Hall of Fame officials know how to contact her anyway, joking, “I don’t think they have my number.”
On Tuesday (01Apr14), it was announced that Eagles star Glenn Frey, who was once part of Ronstadt’s backing band, will induct Ronstadt, while Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris will perform a musical tribute to her at the New York ceremony.
Ronstadt will join the Class of 2014 at the Hall of Fame on 10 April (14) alongside the likes of KISS, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel and Hall & Oates.