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Dec. 21, 1979: California Gov. Jerry Brown introduced on stage by Eagles' Glenn Frey, right, during fund-raising rock concert at the San Diego Sports Arena. This photo was published in the Dec. 24, 1979, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 21, 1979: Linda Ronstadt, performing at the San Diego Sports Arena in a fund-raising concert for Gov. Jerry Brown's run for president. This photo was published in the Dec. 24, 1979, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 21, 1979: Linda Ronstadt, performing with Nicolette Larson at the San Diego Sports Arena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 21, 1979: The Eagles Glenn Frey, left, and Don Henley during a concert at the San Diego Sports Arena for Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign for president. This photo was published in the Feb. 17, 1980, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 21, 1979: Don Felder, left, and Joe Walsh joined the Eagles when it was in a state of change. Concert for Jerry Bown for president held at San Diego Sports Arena. Photo published in the Feb. 17, 1980, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 21, 1979: California Gov. Jerry Brown on stage with the Eagles at a fund-raising rock concert at the San Diego Sports Arena. The Eagles' Glenn Frey is on the right, Timothy B. Schmit at left.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 21, 1979: California Gov. Jerry Brown during a press conference before a fund-raising rock concert at the San Diego Sports Arena. Brown was running for president.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 21, 1979: California Gov. Jerry Brown, center, during press conference before a fund-raising rock concert at the San Diego Sports Arena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 21, 1979: California Gov. Jerry Brown during a press conference before the fund-raising rock concert at the San Diego Sports Arena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 21, 1979: The Eagles take a concert bow with songwriter J.D. Souther, second from left. From left: Timothy B. Schmit, Souther, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Don Felder. Concert at the San Diego Sports Arena was a fund-raiser for Gov. Jerry Brown's campaign for president. This photo was published in the Feb. 17, 1980, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

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Dec. 21, 1979: The first of two Gov. Brown for president fund-raising rock concerts kicks off at the San Diego Sports Arena.

Los Angeles Times staff photographer George Rose covered the concert. Two of the photos in the above gallery accompanied a column by Times Pop Music Critic Robert Hilburn in the Dec. 24, 1979, Los Angeles Times:

SAN DIEGO–Rock concerts may be a boon to campaign fund-raising, but candidates will have to pay their own price for associating with the irreverent rock community.

Consider what happened to Gov. Brown at the Eagles-Linda Ronstadt-Chicago benefit Friday night at the Sports Arena.

At an already chaotic press conference during which TV cameramen and newspaper photographers were elbowing each other for choice locations, Brown tried gamely to get across his views.

Just as he was answering a question about Iran, an inebriated rock fan who managed to slip into the arena lounge yelled: “Hey, Jerry, what’s your favorite band?”

Shouted another fan: “What’s Linda going to wear tonight?”

That was just the beginning. The real jolt was when Brown stepped on stage at the end of the nearly five-hour concert.

Introduced by the Eagles’ Glenn Frey, Brown strode on stage expecting a campaign-rally response. Instead, he was greeted by boos.

The lesson was obvious. Politicians may pick up funds from rock concerts, but they’d better leave the stage to musicians if they don’t want bruised egos.

In other words: Take the money and run.

Brown wasn’t the only person frustrated at the Sports Arena.

The prized shot for photographers was a picture of Brown and Linda Ronstadt together.

Though linked romantically for months, the couple has rarely been photographed together. This public appearance seemed like the perfect chance for a breakthrough.

So what happened?

Brown held a press conference with the members of Chicago. He went on stage with the Eagles. But he didn’t show up anywhere–publicly–with Ronstadt.

Grumbled one member of the press corps:

“Here we are with papers all around the country waiting for a picture of them together and what do we come up with? Brown shaking hands with a couple of guys!”  …

Despite the strong rock lineup, the San Diego concert did not sell out the 14,000-seat Sports Arena. But the second concert in Las Vegas sold out its 7,500 tickets in advance.

And in Vegas, as reported by staff writer Laurie Becklund in the Dec. 24, 1979, Los Angeles Times, Brown and Ronstadt appeared on stage:

LAS VEGAS–Departing from her determination to keep her relationship with Gov. Jerry Brown out of the public spotlight, singer Linda Ronstadt interrupted the format of a fund-raising concert this past weekend to dedicate a surprise song to the traveling presidential candidate: “My Boyfriend’s Back.”

Visibly touched by the 1960s song, Brown left his third-row seat to greet his singer friend with a hug and kiss on the cheek as Ronstadt finished her set and walked offstage into the wings of the theater. ..

There are no photos of Brown and Ronstadt on the Las Vegas stage in the Los Angeles Times archives.

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1 Comment

  1. January 22, 2015, 7:29 am

    Back when Linda was H-O-T!!!! Was this the concert where Glenn Frey and Randy Meisner were duking it out backstage?

    By: Roostrdude

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