Joni Mitchell opens up about how her music ‘excites’ male singers in a rare interview with Elton John.

Joni Mitchell has said in a rare interview with Elton John that she was “heavily critical” of her music in the 1970s.

Mitchell sat down with the “Tiny Dancer” hitmaker for his rocket hour Radio show on Apple Music on Saturday (November 12).

“Since I started about six years ago I’ve had some amazing programs, but today is the most amazing program yet because my guest is Joni Mitchell,” John said of introducing the show, adding, “I absolutely adore her.”

During their conversation, “All I Want” singer John said people thought her music was “too intimate” while discussing how it was received early in her career.

“It was almost like Dylan going electric. I think it upset the male singer-songwriters,” the 79-year-old said, adding, “They’d be like, ‘Oh no. Do we have to bare our souls like this now?’”

She also noted that the younger generation “seems to be able to face these emotions more easily than my generation.”

Mitchell’s conversation with John is one of her first full-length interviews since her recovery from a brain aneurysm in 201 that affected her ability to walk and speak.

Elsewhere, Mitchell also spoke about her surprise performance at the Newport Folk Festival in July.

She sang a number of her classics at the festival with country musician Brandi Carlile, including “A Case of You”, “Both Sides Now” and “Big Yellow Taxi”.

Speaking to John, Mitchell said she’s “trying” to release an album of the show — her first full set in two decades.

“It was very well received, much to my delight,” added the legendary singer. Joni Mitchell opens up about how her music ‘excites’ male singers in a rare interview with Elton John.


JOE HERNANDEZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JOE HERNANDEZ joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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