Music icon Joni Mitchell is this week’s guest on Elton John’s Rocket Hour on Apple Music 1. In this special in-depth chat at Joni’s Los Angeles home, she reveals that she is releasing a new album following her surprise appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in July, which was her first full live performance since 2002.
Elton discussed his wish for Joni to record a new album in the room they were speaking in, and Johnny Cash recording a classic on his death bed.
Elton: One day I want you to sit in this room, like we’re doing now, but with some recording equipment, I want you to make an album in this room. Like Johnny Cash did with ‘Hurt’, and he was on his death bed, you’re not going to be on your death bed, I think you should make an album in this room because it’s so magical. Every corner of this room is Joni. Everything about it is Joni. It’s got the ambience of… I’ve been to a lot of places in my life, but this room is one of the most special rooms I’ve ever been to in my whole life. And I really want you to consider making a record, maybe new songs, the way you are going, you are tearing up the world at the moment.
Joni: We did some background vocals up in the balcony once. That’s the only time we’ve recorded in this room.
Elton: That is my big ambition for you.