Joni Mitchell surprises Newport Folk Festival attendees with a surprise performance

By FactsWow Team

Posted on: 30 Jul, 2022

As Joni Mitchell performed at the Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, the revered Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist in hand, surprised an audience in Rhode Island with her first live performance in almost two decades.

Mitchell has remained mostly out of the public eye since suffering a brain aneurysm in 2015. 

During her recovery, she made a few brief public appearances: She accepted a Kennedy Center Honor in December, and in April, she appeared at the Grammys and was honored at a MusiCares gala.

Mitchell, who is 78 years old and was dressed in a beret and sunglasses on Sunday, sang some of her biggest hits over the weekend, including “Carey,” “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Both Sides Now.”

The fans erupted in cheers and whoops when Mitchell, holding her electric guitar over her shoulder, performed a multi-minute-long solo during the song 'Just Like This Train,' during which Mitchell included an electric guitar solo.

“Having endured so much, she returned to the Newport Folk Fest stage after 53 years, and I won't forget the privilege of sitting next to her while she stopped this old world for a while,” Brandi Carlile, who sang backup for Mitchell, said in a tweet.

As a result of Mitchell taking a complete look at life from each of its possible angles, she has emerged 'from the storm' as a prophet indeed.

The fact that Mitchell has made limited appearances throughout the last few years does not mean that she has failed to make headlines.

Mitchell decided to boycott Spotify in January, following Neil Young's lead, over its role in providing a platform for misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine that was published by the streaming service.

Mitchell wrote of the company at the time, 'Irresponsible people spread lies that cause people to lose their lives.'. Adding, 'I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities.'

Mitchell was flanked onstage by several musicians, including Carlile. 'I will never be able to move on from this.'. Even watching it makes me cry,' Carlile wrote later on Twitter. I apologize for what I have done.

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