Joni Mitchell announces plans to release live album in rare interview with Elton John

Joni Mitchell has announced plans for a live album of her recent surprise performance at the Newport Folk Festival.

In a rare interview with Sir Elton John at her home in Los Angeles, the 79-year-old singer-songwriter said her team is “trying to solve that”.

The July performance was her first full live show since 2002 and saw her joined on stage by artists including Brandi Carlile and Marcus Mumford while seated on the throne.

Mitchell has been largely unnoticed by the public since suffering a brain aneurysm in March 2015.

Speaking to Sir Elton during his Apple Music 1 show, she confirmed there was no rehearsal for the show.

When asked about standing solo on Just Like This Train, she added: “Yes, I had to find out what I did.

“And I can’t lead vocals, I’ve become an alto, I’m not a soprano anymore, so I can’t sing the song.

“And I think people might be relieved if I just play the guitar part but I like the guitar part of that song.

“So anyway, it’s been very well received, which makes me very happy.”


Sir Elton John and Joni Mitchell at their home in Los Angeles (Apple Music 1/PA)

She last released a studio album in 2007 and most of her previous live albums document her golden age of the 60s and 70s.

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Mitchell also told Sir Elton that she “lost a lot of time” during the 1970s due to sexism in the music industry.

Talking about her confession style, she added: “People think it’s too intimate. It’s almost like (Bob) Dylan walking on electricity.

“I think that upsets the singer-songwriter. They’ll say, ‘Oh, no. Do we have to bare our souls like this now? ‘

“I think it worries people. Worry more…

“It wasn’t until this generation that they seemed to be able to deal with those emotions more easily than my generation.”

Listen to the full interview at 5pm Saturday during Sir Elton John’s Rocket Hour on Apple Music 1. Joni Mitchell announces plans to release live album in rare interview with Elton John

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