More than three years after her last public appearance in Tucson, Linda Ronstadt is coming home in April for an encore to her 2014 “Sunday Evening Forum” conversation.
Tucson native Ronstadt, the multiple Grammy-winning, iconic pop singer with more than 100 million records sold and countless hits on the country, pop, rock and Americana charts, returns to Fox Tucson Theatre for “A Conversation with Linda” on April 29. The event, presented by über Arizona promoter Danny Zelisko, builds on Ronstadt’s 2014 “Forum” event. But in addition to a Q&A with the audience, “Conversation” includes a multimedia, big-screen journey into her musical and personal life .
Ronstadt, 71, is known for being open and in her last “Forum” appearance, she answered every question posed from the nearly 600 people in the Fox theater that Sunday afternoon. Back then she recounted childhood experiences growing up in a musical family in the Tucson home her parents built by hand, and the early days of her musical life, which has few female rivals.
That event came more than a year after she released her self-penned “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir,” which came out several months after she confirmed publicly in summer 2013 that she had Parkinson’s Disease. By then Ronstadt, who moved to San Francisco in 2005, had stopped performing publicly; her last Tucson concert was in 2007 at the AVA at Casino del Sol.
Organizers said “Conversations” will feature multimedia accoutrements including her music, rare videos, photos and behind-the-scenes events that informed and influenced her art. At a sold-out “Conversations” event last year on New York’s Long Island, the Huffington reviewer said the evening “took me by surprise as I didn’t realize how funny Linda is. Linda was so captivating that I forgot to take notes.”