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Linda Ronstadt Not Attending Rock Hall Ceremony


Count Linda Ronstadt out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The singer tells us that complications from Parkinsons Disease will keep her away from the event:

"I've been ill. It's very hard for me to travel...I can't travel very easily. I have to save traveling for things I really have to do. I have to spend a certain amount of time visiting my family and I have to spend a little bit of time doing things that are professional, but I just can't travel casually. It's too hard."

On top of that, Ronstadt says that the honor, while nice, does not mean a great deal to her:

"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. It's just one of the things I sang. I sang a lot of different stuff...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. There's nothing wrong with it. I don't mind it. I just don't, it's not anything I ever gave a thought to, never gave it a thought."

Ronstadt is being inducted along with KISS, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. The ceremony will be filmed and air on HBO during May.

Ronstadt, meanwhile, is releasing a "Duets" collection on April 8 that includes recordings from throughout her career with James Taylor, the Eagles' Don Henley, Aaron Neville, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Frank Sinatra and others.