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Newport, RI – Surprise! Joni Mitchell is back on stage.
The folk legend played his first full concert at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on Sunday, the Boston Globe reported. Mitchell has battled health complications since suffering an aneurysm in 2015, and according to reports, her last full show was in late 2002.
Seated in a wingback chair and wearing a blue beret and sunglasses, Mitchell joined festival headliner Brandi Carlile and other performers, including Winona Judd, Alison Russell and Marcus Mumford. This was Mitchell’s first Newport Festival performance since 1969.
It was a fun venue for the “Johnny Jam” musical concerts that have brought famous friends like Elton John to Mitchell’s Los Angeles home in recent years, Carlyle explained.
And Mitchell wasn’t just there to sing. Halfway through the 13-song set, Carlyle said, he played an electric guitar solo, his first time playing guitar in public since his aneurysm.
The ensemble played some of Mitchell’s most familiar songs (“Circle Game,” “Big Yellow Taxi”) and some of his favorites (“Love Potion No. 9,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”).
After their rendition of “Now on Both Sides,” Carlyle was fighting back tears. Addressing the audience, he asked: “Did the world just stop?”