Linda Ronstadt Opens Up On Why She Moved From Tucson

Posted: Aug 18 2014, 10:35pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 22 2014, 7:58am CDT, in News

Linda Ronstadt Opens Up On Why She Moved From Tucson
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Not a fan of downtown traffic or the culture in Arizona.

Singer Linda Ronstadt talked about her decision to depart from her hometown of Tucson, for a different life in San Francisco and Los Angeles for parts of her music career over the last few decades.

She spoke to the Arizona Republic and on the radio with "The Diane Rehm Show" about her desire to move to the west coast, along with her April introduction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and her battle with Parkinson's disease.

She mentioned how she felt the culture her children were learning at school was affecting how she felt they should be taught in school. Linda then decided it would be better to develop in a better culture of living alongside her children.

"And they were coming home with some decidedly exotic attitudes. There was a lot of homophobic stuff that they would hear at school, which I found very, very offensive as we have lots of gay friends. They've been around openly homosexual people since they were born, and for them to come home and say 'That's so gay,' I was offended by that.

"And then one day, my son went to have a playdate with a little boy, about 8 years old, and he said, 'What church do you go to?' And we said, 'Well, we don't go to a church,' and he said, 'Well, you're gonna go to hell, then.' So I had to stop the car. I wasn't mean to the little boy, but I had to explain to him that my son was a fine person and that I didn't think there was anything wrong with him and that we didn't even believe in hell. And certainly he wasn't going there, even if we did, and that I didn't like that kind of talk.

"But it kept happening, so eventually I decided that (they needed to move). Safety is small groups of like-minded people, and the group was so small in Tucson. It was certainly there; I have wonderful friends there and I'm really glad that I went back because I got to pick up those friendships in a certain way that I wouldn't have if I hadn't lived there for 10 years. But I just didn't want my children to be influenced by that kind of thinking."

Also, Ronstadt's not a huge fan of the architecture downtown these days:

"I still like Tucson, I still like to come back and I love to see my friends. I love to go to Mexico, which is more like Tucson was when I liked it than Tucson is anymore ... I'm sad about the downtown. I'm glad that people are down there, but the buildings look like Stalinist Russia. They're so generic. They didn't seem to realize that Tucson in the old days had a distinctive architecture."

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