A Chronology of Appearances

This work-in-progress lists all currently known appearances, drawn from a variety of sources.
Compiled by Simon Montgomery, © 2001-2015.
Special thanks to Joel Bernstein for his contributions and assistance.
Latest Update: August 15, 2015
Please send comments, corrections or additions to: simon@icu.com

1972.05.05 Royal Festival Hall London, England

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budgie9 on

There are a lot of reasons I remember this show. Jackson was most certainly the support and sang on The Circle Game. It was the second time I had taken a particular young lady out. We went with two married couples who were actually in their mid twenties but she was 18 and I was 27 and she thought they were "old" but the good news is that we got married in 1974 and are still together. It was a great show despite the failure of the PA but afterwards we went back to one of the couples home and he put a Joni album and I made a rule then which I have followed to this day not to play music especially by the person you have just seen after a concert! It was the first time I saw Joni and the second time I saw Jackson. We still love them both.

antpitta on

Yes,there was a horrendous buzz on the PA that night.Jackson Browne was the support act and joined her later in Joni's set.I believe he sang on 'Circle Game'-(come on,it was 39 years ago!).Despite the audio problems,my first live experience of Joni was still amazing .

mickbailey on

My childhood sweetheart introduced me to your music and we were delighted to see you when her music teacher brought a group of us to the Festival Hall. I'll always remember the PA broke down but you carried on anyway. The acoustics were good enough for us to hear you. The whole audience joined in "The Circle Game" - magic. You were one of my first inspirations in Folk music and I am now a professional singer/guitarist myself. I loved you then and I still love you now!

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List member Philip writes: "[This concert] had been a disaster from a technical point of view. It started over an hour late and the p.a. broke down a number of times during the concert, which delayed things even more. When she left the stage after the last song I went down to the front in case there was going to be an encore. The house lights were on and most people were leaving apart from me and about twenty other die-hards gathered in front of the stage. She eventually reappeared. The stage was low and I was about three feet from her.

Up close, she seemed very sophisticated to a freckled kid like me who was out late in the big city - she smoked, her toenails were painted and she was tanned. She seemed slightly taken aback and asked us why everyone was leaving. A voice from behind me informed her that they were rushing out to catch the last underground. Thinking I was the one who had spoken, she looked at me with a puzzled look and said "underground?". I managed to blurt out the word "subway", remembering the word from American tv shows. She replied "Oh right" and began picking the first notes of The Circle Game. When she sang I was so close I was hearing her live without the amplification.

In 1996, Q magazine published a fan's thoughts on the event: "I was just 13 and totally in love with Joni. She didn't seem at all fazed by the technical trouble and invited us all to cluster round the front of the stage as she sang acoustically to us. It was magical, sitting right at her feet, hearing the songs from Blue in such an intimate way. It was the essence of what Joni would be like in your dreams."

Michael OSullivan writes: Back in May 1972, about a week after seeing Joni and Jackson Brown in concert at the Albert Hall, I was on a bus in the Kings Road, Chelsea, London stalled in traffic. Looking out the window I saw a guy who looked vaguely familiar looking in a shop window. Was it someone I knew? I suddenly realised it was Jackson Brown - could Joni be with him? Just then a long-haired blonde came out of the shop and joined him. Without seeing her face, it just had to be Joni. This was too good to miss - here was my favourite singer. I got off the bus and walked along behind them. He suddenly ran on ahead leaving her alone. I said "Joni Mitchell?" and she turned and smiled. This was when her album "Blue" was all the rage when she was getting to be recognised as the leading singer-songwriter and had quite a growing cult following. She was very pleasant and chatted as we walked along, about the sound problems at the concert, how she couldn't run in her sandals as had polio as a child etc. They were trying to find an art gallery before it closed. I knew where it was so walked her along to it for several minutes until Jackson re-appeared. A very nice meeting purely by chance with one of my key favourites.

It was great seeing Joni in concert in London in the early 1970s, at the Royal Festival Hall (1970) [very reverential, Joni was the new folk princess at this time of Ladies of the Canyon album, Royal Albert Hall (1972) plagued by sound problems and the new jazzy Joni at the New Victoria in 1974 with John Guerin's band. I loved it.