carrerakennyon 2010-May-12 at 10:52:26 GMT-5: Greetings,
I, too, was there at the Corral in August, 1973. We had driven to Topanga Canyon to see NY and arrived at 11:00 am. There were four guys in our party. We had all day to wait, so we split up. Two went swimming at the bottom of the Canyon and two held place in line. We were second in line at 11am.
We welcomed the opportunity to swim as it was hot in August. After our swim, we came back up to the Corral where our friends were elated as NY had arrived in his beat up 1947 Buick. They had met and spoken to Neil and we were disappointed that we missed him. About 30 minutes later, Joni arrived in a Volkswagen van with British Columbia license plates and 40 lbs of mud along the sides of the van. It looked as if she had just driven in from BC that very moment. Joni was sitting in the passenger seat while a young man drove them up to the Corral. Joni stopped by and visited with us in line. She was warm and friendly.
We never did get into the show as we were only 19 and California requires age 21 to get into a "bar". We rushed in the bar, but were promptly thrown out for being under age. A big disappointment. However, we did see NY one month later opening night at the Roxy in Hollywood. Joni was there, too, although we did not speak. We also saw Bob Dylan and Cher strolling in hand in hand. We saw the second show opening night. It was all Tonights the Night with an encore of Down by the River. My friends were disappointed with the unfamiliarity of the music. New Mama was my favorite. Neil was borrowing reefers from the audience and it was a blast. Graham Nash opened the show by spilling beer on his piano. Those were the days. I spoke to Elliot Roberts a year ago asking if he and Geffen had kissed and made up. He said that "We are both neighbors". I am not sure if that is good or bad! Not sure why Joni left Elliot, either. Thank you for letting me reminisce.
Patchkaon 2009-Apr-11 at 21:26:07 GMT-5: I was at the Topanga Corral the night the Eagles and Neil Young played with Joni. It was a memory that I treasure. Joni smiled at me as I made my way through the crowd. She was sitting gracefully like a queen in her court. I turned to see who had a hand on my shoulder attempting to pass - It was Neil Young making his way to the small stage as the Eagles had just finished. People don't believe me when I tell them about it. To be so close to such artists - what a night!
Steve Ullman writes "I'm not quite sure how but I managed to get a seat. Front row center. The Eagles stole the show. "Desperado" had just come out and they played the whole thing, flawlessly. Then Joni played. It was wonderful. After Joni finished her set it was time for Neil Young. Joni wanted to watch, of course. People near me were screaming "Get Joni a seat, get her a seat!". I had been so fortunate to get mine. I wasn't giving it up for anyone, not even Joni. But someone next to me did. So Joni Mitchell and I sat next to each other and watched Neil perform that night. She actually talked to me! She said, "Are you drunk or stoned?" I replied (the incredibly suave person that I have always been) "Uh, a little of both." That seemed to satisfy her and we watched Neil perform together."