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Joni Mitchell makes rare public appearance at James Taylor show in Los Angeles Print-ready version

by Mark Shanahan
Boston Globe
June 4, 2018

Longtime friends Joni Mitchell and James Taylor share a hug backstage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

James Taylor was a long way from his home in the Berkshires this weekend, playing two shows at the venerable Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. And there was something for everyone, from a rousing version of "Mockingbird" - on which opener Sheryl Crow performed the part sung by Carly Simon on the original 1974 recording - to classics such as "Sweet Baby James," "Fire And Rain," "You've Got A Friend," "You Can Close Your Eyes," and even "Something in the Way She Moves," which JT played for Paul McCartney and George Harrison in 1968 before signing with Apple Records.

But the most precious moment took place off-stage: Singer Joni Mitchell, who's become something of a recluse of late, made a rare public appearance to say hello to her old friend and onetime lover. The pair shared a tender embrace backstage, and despite reports of health problems in recent years, Mitchell looked terrific with her hair fixed in an exquisite fishtail braid.

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Bruce Bell on

I will always remember listening to both in the student union when I was a junior in college in '69. They are as important to me now as they were then. I always have felt that I have a friend in these two.

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