Joni Mitchell surprises fans with his first full concert in nearly 20 years

Joni Mitchell left music lovers speechless when she made a surprise appearance at her first public concert in nearly 20 years this weekend.

Legendary Singer-Songwriter Joins Fellow Musician Brandi Carlyle in 2022 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday for a goosebump-inducing 13-song set that included gentle renditions of “Big Yellow Taxi” and “A Case of You” among other classics.

To the delight of the audience and other musical guests, including Wynonna Judd, Mitchell also picked up an electric guitar to perform “Just Like This Train”, an excerpt from her hit 1974 album.Kort and Iskra“.

Nine-time Grammy winner her first appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1967. She returned to the Rhode Island Festival with the Everly Brothers and Arlo Guthrie in 1969 – the same year one of her biggest hits, “Both Sides Now”, was released.

Watch Mitchell sing the promised “Both Sides Now”.

According to Carlisle, Sunday’s performance was essentially a staged version of a private Concerts “Johnny Jam” which Mitchell spent at her home in California with famous friends such as Elton John and Bonnie Wright. It also marked Mitchell’s first full-scale public concert. since November 2002when she played at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

The 78-year-old’s public appearances have become increasingly rare since 2015, when she suffered a near-fatal brain aneurysm. Recently, she has been steadily returning to public life, appearing on 2021 Kennedy Center Honors in December and Grammy Awards 2022 in April.

Speaking in “CBS Morning” In the interview, which aired on Monday, Mitchell appeared to be in high spirits after what was widely regarded as an artistic triumph.

“I’ve never been nervous in front of an audience,” she said. “But I wanted to be good, you know, and I wasn’t sure I could. But tonight I didn’t sound so bad.”

She continued, “The surgeon who did my brain surgery said I have the will and the courage. … I think that such contact with death softens people towards me.