Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Washington area fans have had the opportunity twice within the last couple of months to assure Linda Ronstadt that her question "When Will I Be Loved?" is purely academic. The dear capacity crowd at the Capitol Centre Monday night registered its love and approval, approval that seemed a foregone conclusion, no matter what her performance might have been. As it was, her performance more than matched the high expectations of her audience.
Standing there on stage, singing "It's So Easy," she made her art appear to be precisely that - so easy. No franatic activity necessary here to communicate with her audience. Her voice came deep and strong from nowhere - certainly not from that diminutive body.
Ronstadt's style issues from two major streams, county/western and rock, which she has found late a style all her own. The country part is the emotional almost pleeding quality of her voice (as evidenced in a [WORD ILLEGIBLE] the rock part. But rhythm and timing (as in her [WORD ILLEGIBLE] of the Rolling Stone's [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Dice")
Ronstadt calls herself as [WORD ILLEGIBLE] of songs. As with any artist [WORD ILLEGIBLE] material art authored by [WORD ILLEGIBLE] her vocal range along with projecting her stage personality.
Setting the soft rock [WORDS ILLEGIBLE] Ronstadt was Stephen [WORD ILLEGIBLE] with a 10-number set which included his recent hit "On and On." Although he has some very affecting [WORD ILLEGIBLE] the arrangements have a [WORD ILLEGIBLE] pop rock. [LINE ILLEGIBLE] about them, and his contributes to rock must seems at this [WORD ILLEGIBLE] indistinct.