Joni Mitchell back on stage at the Gorge Amphitheater
NEW YORK (AP) — Joni Mitchell’s return to the stage in August came as a surprise, but fans can plan for the next one.
The 78-year-old music legend will perform June 10 at the Gorge Amphitheater, a Washington state venue east of Seattle, his friend, singer Brandi Carlile, announced on “The Daily Show” Wednesday night. .
“I can’t believe this is happening, but it is happening,” Carlile said. “And she’s going to crush it.”
Carlile brought Mitchell on stage with her at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island during the summer. The 78-year-old singer battled an aneurysm in 2015 and hadn’t performed a full public show in two decades.
In Newport, they replicated a periodic jam session with musician friends that takes place at Mitchell’s California home. She sang and played guitar on favorites like “A Case of You”, “Both Sides Now” and “The Circle Game” as well as some standards.
Going on stage with musicians like Carlile, Wynonna Judd and Marcus Mumford, the band wasn’t quite sure what Mitchell would want to sing.
“She took over the show completely and became the performer we all know she is,” Carlile said. “We didn’t fall asleep that night. We stayed up until the sun came up. Joni, deep down, loves acting and she’s great at it.
Mitchell left the experience wanting to return to the stage, Carlile said.
The gorge appealed to Mitchell because of its beauty and its proximity to Canada, where she grew up. It is also the playground of Carlile, who lives in Washington State.
Carlile will perform there on June 9 and open for Mitchell the following night, she said.