Linda Ronstadt was at the top of her game for the Coliseum’s no-nukes Peace Week opener in 1982. Here’s looking back at a remarkable Coliseum show and one of Ronstadt’s finest efforts. Just ask anyone who was there, like the noted film and music writer, Stephen Holden. Better yet, take a look at his review.
Something special for Coliseum goers
A best-selling artist known for her limitless ability and range, the southern California rocker-turned-Nelson Riddle-collaborator has not visited Long Island’s largest music venue very often. When she did, it turned out to be something special.
On June 9, 1982, the socially conscious and multifaceted songster showed up in Uniondale along with Jackson Browne and James Taylor, raising awareness about reducing the world’s supply of nuclear weapons through mutual disarmament. The audience heard a variety of old and new favorites from Browne and Taylor, also fierce no-nukers.
Linda at her best
Ronstadt, known for tackling an assortment of styles, was quite effective during her Coliseum gig. If there are any doubts, check out The New York Times article by Steven Holden published June 12, 1982, “Rock: Three Nuclear Voices.” He writes, “Linda Ronstadt's rock singing has noticeably gained in power and she turned in the most convincing hard rock performances this writer has ever heard her give…”
If that’s not enough, Holden also reported “… she gave an unexpectedly intense rhythmic charge to ‘Tumbling Dice,’ and 'Heat Wave'…and she rendered the Eagle’s 'Desperado' with dramatic flourishes…”
Regrettably, recent headlines have revealed Linda Ronstadt’s struggle with health issues. Nevertheless, she’ll always be a Coliseum favorite.