‘We missed you’: Joni Mitchell’s SURPRISE performance with Brandi Carlile moves fans to tears

The legendary Joni sang her classics including 'A Case of You' and 'Both Sides Now' in a rare and unforgettable performance


                            ‘We missed you’: Joni Mitchell’s SURPRISE performance with Brandi Carlile moves fans to tears
Joni Mitchell (Top R) and Brandi Carlile performs (inset) at Newport Folk Festival (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Recording Academy, Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for SUFH and Myers Boicourt/ YouTube)
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After five decades, the 60s legend Joni Mitchell took to stage at Newport Folk Festival as she sang in a rare live performance on July 24. Joining her was Grammy winner Brandi Carlile. Delighted with the collaboration, the audience was enthralled by Joni’s performance, who also played a guitar solo while singing ‘Just Like This Train.’

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The event, which was tagged as ‘Joni Jam,’ was unforgettable. Joni sang live after 53 years at Newport Folk Festival. According to Pitchfork, the 78-year-old singer-songwriter began the set by singing her own songs with Brandi, including 'A Case of You' and 'Both Sides Now.' Joni was also joined by Blake Mills, Taylor Goldsmith, Marcus Mumford, Wynonna Judd, Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, among others, who took turns playing their favorite Joni’s tracks. The star also performed ‘Big Yellow Taxi,’ ‘Summertime,’ ‘Love Potion No 9,’ ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love,’ ‘Circle Game’ and more. 

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Fans captured the rare moment and it didn't take much time for the videos to go viral online. Many got emotional watching Joni performing after 1969. One user said, "Seeing videos of @jonimitchell sing with @brandicarlile and tons of others at Newport brought tears to my eyes. It was so beautiful. Brandi is an incredible talent but also has the ability to gather others together in such a lovely way." One of many wrote, "We missed you!"

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Many regretted not attending the festival. A fan commented "Joni Mitchell sang "Case of You" with Brandi Carlisle. I am kicking myself for not going to Newport this year."

While others couldn't get over her performance and praised it, "Joni Mitchell and a bit of Brandi Carlile but watch Joni. She’s so intense and magnificent," "It simply freaking rules to see Joni Mitchell thriving." wrote one fan. 

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Joni Mitchell's musical journey

Born as Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943, the nine-time Grammy winner and inductee to the 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,' Joni is the daughter of a teacher and an airforce officer who had to relocate several times along with his family.  According to TheFamousPeople, one of her teachers encouraged her to write poetry which was a precursor to her musical journey. In the 1960s, Joni was discovered by David Crosby of band ‘Crosby, Stills & Nash.’ He produced her debut album, ‘Song to a Seagull.’ A few months later, her second album, ‘Clouds,’ included her first hit ‘Both Sides Now’. The LP made it into the ‘Top 40’ in the US, selling over 500,000 copies, which won her first Grammy Award.

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