About Linda Ronstadt.... snip ... she also had this really creepy attitude. A man called out a song in between songs and she actually said "If you read your ticket you would have seen that it said Linda and orchestra, and you would not be asking me to play songs that are not part of what I do now" so rude. Well, at least it was free.
What I find rude is someone yelling out a song requests at a formal concert. What ... like the artist doesn't have a song set selected? If they want requests, they'll ask. I certainly didn't pay money to hear some yahoo shout out his worthless requests. The artist needs to gain some control or it can just get worse and worse. Yell out a song request at a James Taylor concert and see what happens to you. First, he will patronizingly explain that pretty much everyone there at the concert has song requests and such and he can't do them all. Then he will explain to the offending individual that he has something called a "set list" and that he doesn't just pick out songs to sing on the fly as to not confuse the band on what the next song might be. Then he will pick up the very large double sided set list in front of him with the songs in BIG letters and shows it to the audience as he turns this individual into laughing stock material. Now, if it occurs to you that JT does not need songs printed in a huge font *for him* but has this so big so he can show a good deal of the audience the songs (often including the requested song) so he can have at the song requesters ... congrats.
Back on topic ... there have been some terrific vocalists mentioned ... but ..,. something like 228 posts in a Home Theatre Forum and not a single mention for Shirley Bassey? Unbelievable.