Joni Mitchell is set to perform at her first headlining gig in 23 years.
The singer will take the stage at Washington’s Gorge Amphitheater on June 10, 2023, a news initially revealed by Brandi Carlile on The Daily Show before official confirmation later. Carlile will also perform a title at the same place the night before. She called it “one of the most beautiful sites in the world”.
The two-night event is called Echoes through the Canyon and is known as Joni Jam II. The first official Joni Jam took place when the singer made an unexpected appearance as part of the Newport Folk Festival alongside Carlile, who claimed Mitchell told him “I want to do another show…I want to do another show” after it ended. Other Joni Jams have been sessions at Mitchell.
“Joni Mitchell is going to play,” Carlile told Trevor Noah. “Nobody could buy a ticket to see Joni Mitchell perform in 20 years…So this is huge…and she’s going to crush it!”
Mitchell’s last official tracks were part of the Both Sides Now tour of the 2000s.
In 2015, Mitchell suffered a brain aneurysm which affected his ability to speak and walk. “I got my speech back quickly, but the walk I’m still struggling with,” she said. said to Cameron Crowe in 2020. “But I mean, I’m a fighter. I have Irish blood! After accepting her Kennedy Center Honor in 2021, she added: “I had to come back several times from things. And the latter was a real whopper. But, you know, I’m hanging out but I’m fine!
She also attended the Grammy Awards in April. She was named Person of the Year by the academy-affiliated charity MusiCares and won Best Historical Album for her retrospective, Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol 1: The Early Years (1963-1967).
Earlier this year, Mitchell joined Neil Young in protest Spotify on anti-vax content, asking the platform to remove its albums. “Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people’s lives,” she said in a statement.