Joni Mitchell Plays First Full Headline Gig In Over 20 Years
Joni Mitchell played her first full headline show in over 20 years last night (June 10) at the Gorge Amphitheatre, Washington State. See full setlist below.
A sold-out crowd of approximately 27,000 watched Mitchell, flanked by an all-star band (including Brandi Carlile, Marcus Mumford and Blake Mills) draw upon her formidable back-catalogue along with some select cover versions to deliver a 24-song set to rave reviews. Mitchell also brought out Sarah McLachlan and Annie Lennox for unexpected duets.
The show follows Mitchell’s unexpected performance at last year’s Newport Folk Festival, a show that will be released on 28 July on CD and 2LP back vinyl.
Produced by close collaborator Brandi Carlile, along with Mitchell, the music will also be released the same day on digital and streaming services and Dolby Atmos. A clear-vinyl version of the 2LP set will be available exclusively from HMV. Mitchell’s Newport performance of her classic song Both Sides Now is available to listen to digitally. Click HERE to listen now.
In his liner notes for At Newport, Cameron Crowe writes about Mitchell’s arduous and miraculous recovery from a life-threatening brain aneurysm in 2015, that led to her emotional return at Newport.
“Mitchell emerged from the side of the stage, swaying smoothly, in fine summer-style with beret and sunglasses. Her good-natured mood instantly set the tone. This performance would be an intimate gathering of friends, not unlike the Joni Jams she’d been hosting in her own living room over the last few years of recovery. Smiling broadly, Mitchell made her surprise appearance, taking her on-stage seat alongside Carlile. Within minutes, the news had rocketed around the globe. Mitchell was back, sparkling with enthusiasm, delivering a tender and passionate set of 13 songs, ending with a joyful sing-along of The Circle Game.”
Joni Mitchell setlist, Gorge Amphitheatre, Washington State, 10 June 2023
‘Big Yellow Taxi’
‘Night Ride Home’
‘Raised On Robbery’
‘Come In From The Cold’
‘Summertime’ (George Gershwin cover)
‘Ladies Of The Canyon’
‘Where There’s A Will There’s A Way’
‘Love Potion No. 9’ (The Clovers cover)
‘A Case Of You’
‘A Strange Boy’
‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’ (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers cover)
‘Both Sides Now’
‘The Circle Game’
‘Just Like This Train’
‘Young At Heart’ (Frank Sinatra cover)