Joni Mitchell Reveals She Has a New Live Album Coming Out Based on Newport Folk Festival Performance – Joni Mitchell is making a music comeback. The 79-year-old singer disclosed in an interview with Elton John on his Apple Music program Rocket Hour that she will release a new live album based on her performance at the Newport Folk Festival in July 2022. “People out there, you haven’t heard things from the Newport Folk Festival yet, but I think there’s going to be an album coming out of that one.”
John, 75, said, as the musician responded, “Yeah, we’re trying to put that out.” Mitchell’s surprise performance at the popular music festival in Rhode Island marked the first time in more than 20 years that she performed a full set live for an audience, bringing back classics like “A Case of You,” “Both Sides Now” and “Big Yellow Taxi.” It was also her first performance since her brain aneurysm in 2015. During their conversation, John commended Mitchell for her “incredible rehabilitation” since then, noting, “Music has helped you so much, and it’s beautiful to watch you evolve.”
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Mitchell had told CBS News that she had to relearn how to do most things, including playing guitar, after the incident. However, she confessed to the “Tiny Dancer” singer that she was able to do it at the festival and even pulled off the performance with no prior rehearsal. “You stood up and played guitar,” John said, as Mitchell replied, “Yeah, that. I had to figure out what I did.”
“And I couldn’t sing the key, I’ve become an alto. I’m not a soprano anymore, so I couldn’t sing the song,” she continued. “And I thought people might feel lighted that if I just played the guitar part, but I like the guitar part to that song. So anyway, it was very well received, much to my delight.” Mitchell and fellow musician Brandi Carlile shared the stage at the Rhode Island event, and Carlile told The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah last month that it won’t be long before Mitchell returns to the stage.
Carlile, 43, said that she and Mitchell will be playing during a two-day performance at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington, in June 2023. According to Entertainment Weekly, Mitchell and her band, the Joni Jam, would perform on the second night of the concert. “After Newport, Joni said, ‘I want to do another show.’ She said, ‘I want to play again,'” Carlile told Noah, 38.
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“We got to thinking about it and we decided on a venue, which is the Gorge, out in Washington State. We want to play there. It’s one of the most beautiful venues in the world.” Carlile noted that Mitchell “loves to perform” and that fans who have always wanted to see her sing should take the chance to see her.
“No one’s been able to buy a ticket to see Joni Mitchell play in 20 years, so this is enormous,” Carlile said. “And she’s so excited, because it’s close to Canada and some of her Canadian fans. I can’t believe it’s happening, but it’s happening, and she is going to crush it. So if you can get there, get there.”