Joni Mitchell gives first full live performance for 20 years

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Newport, RI - July 24: Brandi Carlile introduces Joni Mitchell for a special Joni Jam at the 2022 Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park on July 24, 2022. (Photo by Carlin Stiehl for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Brandi Carlile introduces Joni Mitchell for a special Joni Jam at the 2022 Newport Folk Festival. (Getty Images)

Joni Mitchell has given her first full live performance in 20 years after making a surprise appearance at the Newport Folk Festival.

The 78-year-old joined Brandi Carlile during her set to perform some of her classics including 'Both Sides Now', 'A Case of You' and 'Big Yellow Taxi'.

The musician, who has lived largely outside the public eye over the last two decades due to various health issues, performed 13 songs in total.

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Mitchell and Carlile were also joined on stage by an all-star folk lineup of Marcus Mumford, Wynonna Judd, Blake Mills, Jess Wolfe, Holly Laesig, Celisse Henderson and Tim and Phil Hanseroth.

Newport, RI - July 24: Brandi Carlile introduces Joni Mitchell for a special Joni Jam at the 2022 Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park on July 24, 2022. (Photo by Carlin Stiehl for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Joni Mitchell performs at the Newport Folk Festival. (Getty Images)

As they performed, Carlile said to the crowd: “I just realised, Joni’s the least nervous person up here."

Mitchell first appeared at the Newport Folk Festival back in 1969 as part of a bill that also included the Everly Brothers and Arlo Guthrie.

THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW - Airdate: June 7, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)
JONI MITCHELL
Joni Mitchell on The Johnny Cash Show in 1969. (ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images)

Mitchell suffered a brain aneurism in 2015 but did appear in public in 2018 to celebrate her 75th birthday at a tribute concert which included performances from Carlile, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan and James Taylor.

Earlier this year, Mitchell followed Neil Young and removed her catalogue of songs from Spotify in protest against the music streaming company's support of Joe Rogan and his podcast which has been criticised for featuring several racist, sexist and homophobic remarks as well as spreading misinformation about Covid-19.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03: Joni Mitchell attends the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Joni Mitchell attends the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. (FilmMagic)

At the time, she released a statement which said: “Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.”

sMitchell's comments echoed Young's, who was critical of the streaming service for allowing misinformation to spread: “Spotify represents 60% of the streaming of my music to listeners around the world... Yet my [record label] stood with me, recogniing the threat the Covid misinformation on Spotify posed to the world — particularly for our young people who think everything they hear on Spotfiy is true. Unfortunately it is not.”

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