Joni Mitchell surprises fans with her first public performance since 2002

Joni Mitchell shocked fans when she took the stage for the first time in nine years and her first full show in nearly two decades.

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Joni Mitchell wowed fans with her performance in 20 years

Joni Mitchell returned to the stage for the first time since she was diagnosed with a debilitating brain aneurysm in 2015. The performance also marked her first full live public concert since 2002.

The 78-year-old entertainer thrilled fans when she performed 13 of her hit songs at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on Sunday. Her last performance at the Newport Folk Festival was in 1969 when she was 25 years old.

The set included his iconic releases like Big Yellow Taxi and A Case of You along with a version of Why Do Fools Fall In Love. She also performed songs like Carey, Both Sides Now and Circle Game.

Marcus Mumford and Wynonna Judd of the folk band Mumford & Sons joined Mitchell onstage.

Other stars including Blake Mills, Jess Wolfe, Holly Laessig, Celisse Henderson, and Phil and Tim Hanseroth also joined the 10-time Grammy-winning musician.

Joni Mitchell talks about her comeback performance

Joni Mitchell sat down with CBS News’ Anthony Mason on Monday after her performance.

As she spoke, she mentioned: ‘I’ve never been nervous about being in front of an audience. But I wanted it to be good. And he wasn’t sure what it could be. But I didn’t sound too bad tonight!

The singer-songwriter continued: ‘I’m learning. I’m looking at videos on the net to see where I put my fingers.

She further said: ‘It’s amazing what an aneurysm removes – how to get up out of a chair! You don’t know how to get out of bed. You have to learn all these things by heart again.

The superstar added, “I used to like water ballet as a kid and forgot how to do the breaststroke.” Every time I tried, I almost drowned, you know? So a lot of going back almost to childhood. You have to relearn everything.

Meanwhile, Amy Karibian, who was one of the lucky ones to attend Mitchell’s surprise concert, shared the videos of her performance on her YouTube channel. In addition, the clips left many fans of the singer in tears.

One fan wrote: ‘I can’t stop crying! This moved me immensely. I love the delight Joni radiated as the crowd cheered her on.”

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