Joni Mitchell gives her first full live performance since 2002 | Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell gave her first full live performance since 2002 at this weekend’s Newport Folk Festival. Mitchell, 78, joined country musician and friend Brandi Carlile at the festival to perform Mitchell classics including A Case of You, Both Sides Now and Big Yellow Taxi. During the 13-song set, Mitchell also performed the guitar solo from Just Like This Train.

Marcus Mumford, Wynonna Judd, Blake Mills, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the band Lucius, and Mitchell bandmates Phil and Tim Hanseroth and Celisse Henderson: A live version of the private “Joni Jam” parties Mitchell hosted at her home in Los Angeles in recent years with Elton John, Bonnie Raitt and Herbie Hancock.

“I just realized Joni is the least nervous person here,” Carlile told the crowd.

In addition to performances of Mitchell songs including Carey, Amelia and Circle Game, the band also covered Summertime by Gershwin, Why Do Fools Fall in Love by Frankie Lymon and Love Potion No 9 by Leiber and Stoller. Watch videos of the performance at Pitchfork and read the setlist below.

Mitchell’s last sold-out show was at the Wiltern in Los Angeles on November 13, 2002. She last appeared at the 1969 Newport Folk Festival on the same project as Arlo Guthrie and the Everly Brothers.

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Since suffering a brain aneurysm in 2015, Mitchell has made a steady return to public life. She was present at a tribute concert to celebrate her 75th birthday in 2018 and appeared on stage as other musicians performed Big Yellow Taxi to blow out the candles on her birthday cake.

To mark Blue’s 50th anniversary in June 2021, Mitchell shared a video thanking fans for ‘obtaining’ an album that originally ‘got a lot of criticism’ – namely that its outspoken lyrics were unworthy excessive sharing. She appeared at the Kennedy Center Honors gala in December 2021 — telling reporters, “I’m limping but I’m fine” — where she was among the recipients. In April, Mitchell was named MusiCares Personality of the Year and gave a brief performance at the ceremony in her honor.

Mitchell is also working on a series of archive releases to share never-before-seen demos, material, and covers. The first, Joni Mitchell Archives Vol 1: The Early Years (1963–1967), was released in October 2020 and featured a rare new interview with Cameron Crowe in the liner notes.

In January, she pulled her catalog from Spotify in solidarity with Neil Young, who ordered her management and label to remove her music from the streaming platform given her support for Joe Rogan, whose podcast has been criticized. by doctors for spreading false information about Covid-19 and vaccination.

“Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people’s lives,” Mitchell said. “I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.”

The complete setlist for Joni Mitchell’s Newport Folk Festival performance

Come from the cold
Help me
case of you
big yellow taxi
Like this train
Why fools fall in love
Love Potion #9
Summer time
Both sides now
The circle game

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