Entertainment: Joni Mitchell makes surprise comeback to the stage

Joni Mitchell stuns fans with first full live performance since 2002

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Joni Mitchell made a comeback to the stage for her first full-length concert in two decades on Sunday.

The legendary folk musician, 78, wowed audiences at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, The Boston Globe reported.

The Big Yellow Taxi hitmaker sat in an ornate wingback chair as she performed, wearing a dusky blue beret and sunglasses.

She's back! Joni Mitchell made a comeback to the stage for her first full-length concert in two decades on Sunday at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island © Provided by Daily Mail She's back! Joni Mitchell made a comeback to the stage for her first full-length concert in two decades on Sunday at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island Wow! Audiences were able to enjoy a series of Joni's hits as well as a few of her favourites, such as Love Potion No. 9 and Why Do Fools Fall in Love © Provided by Daily Mail Wow! Audiences were able to enjoy a series of Joni's hits as well as a few of her favourites, such as Love Potion No. 9 and Why Do Fools Fall in Love

Joni joined festival headliner Brandi Carlile and a slew of other artists, including Wynonna Judd, Allison Russell and Marcus Mumford.

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It was the star's first Newport festival performance since 1969.

Joni stayed true to her folky, bohemian fashion as she sported a flowy embroidered shirt with pastel tones and some breezy culottes.

Legendary: The famed songwriter has contended with health complications since suffering an aneurysm in 2015 and her last full show was in late 2002 © Provided by Daily Mail Legendary: The famed songwriter has contended with health complications since suffering an aneurysm in 2015 and her last full show was in late 2002

The star accessorised with a string of pearly beads and a thick fabric necklace, decorated with deep red polka dots.

The famed songwriter has contended with health complications since suffering an aneurysm in 2015 and her last full show was in late 2002, according to reports.

Brandi, 41, said the stage comeback was a recreation of the 'Joni Jam' - musical gatherings that have brought famous friends like Elton John to Mitchell's Los Angeles home in recent years.

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Iconic: The Big Yellow Taxi hitmaker sat in an ornate wingback chair as she performed, wearing a dusky blue beret and sunglasses © Provided by Daily Mail Iconic: The Big Yellow Taxi hitmaker sat in an ornate wingback chair as she performed, wearing a dusky blue beret and sunglasses Star: Joni joined festival headliner Brandi Carlile and a slew of other artists, including Wynonna Judd, Allison Russell and Marcus Mumford © Provided by Daily Mail Star: Joni joined festival headliner Brandi Carlile and a slew of other artists, including Wynonna Judd, Allison Russell and Marcus Mumford

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Halfway through the 13-song set, she played an electric guitar solo, which Brandi said was the musician's first time playing the instrument in public since her aneurysm.

Audiences were able to enjoy a series of Joni's hits as well as a few of her favourites, such as Love Potion No. 9 and Why Do Fools Fall in Love.

Brandi - a multigenre hitmaker in her own right - was seen fighting back tears after their rendition of Both Sides Now.

The show followed Joni's stage cameo earlier this year, when she joined other artists as they performed a moving tribute to her life's work at the MusiCares pre-Grammy gala - pictured in April © Provided by Daily Mail The show followed Joni's stage cameo earlier this year, when she joined other artists as they performed a moving tribute to her life's work at the MusiCares pre-Grammy gala - pictured in April

Addressing the audience, she asked: 'Did the world just stop?'

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The show followed Joni's stage cameo earlier this year, when she joined other artists as they performed a moving tribute to her life's work at the MusiCares pre-Grammy gala.

Both moments marked rare public appearances for the trailblazing songstress, who in 2015 suffered a brain aneurysm that left her temporarily unable to speak, the aftermath of which has involved extensive physical therapy.

Beginnings: Born in a small town in western Canada, Mitchell had her start playing small clubs and eventually moved to Los Angeles © Provided by Daily Mail Beginnings: Born in a small town in western Canada, Mitchell had her start playing small clubs and eventually moved to Los Angeles

The revolutionary musician was earlier this year honored as MusiCares' Person of the Year at the charity gala that precedes the Grammys, where she gave a brief performance.

The next night she accepted the Grammy for Best Historical Album, appearing in a red leather beret, sunglasses and floral pants, her flowing blonde hair in pigtails.

Born in a small town in western Canada, Mitchell had her start playing small clubs and eventually moved to Los Angeles, where she became a pivotal figure in the 1960s Laurel Canyon music scene and beyond.

Legacy: In Los Angeles, Joni became a pivotal figure in the 1960s Laurel Canyon music scene and beyond © Provided by Daily Mail Legacy: In Los Angeles, Joni became a pivotal figure in the 1960s Laurel Canyon music scene and beyond Read more

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