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1972.02.29  Constitution Hall  Washington, DC

» This Concert is a part of the 1972 Tour of North America.

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This was an absolutely brilliant concert. Basically, Joni performed all the songs on the yet to be released "For the Roses," along with a few of her earlier hits(for lack of a better term!). She was exquisite. [lookingforacause]

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harringtonMoore on 2014-Mar-22 at 23:49:36 GMT-5:
How could I ever forget that night? I remember it as unseasonably warm, seeing folks walk barefoot under the large old oaks along The Mall. It was a special night to me. I was with a few friends. I bought four tickets as soon as they were released knowing the show would be sold out. I was a junior in high school. I had an intense empathy for Joni's music and she delivered a show that surpassed my expectations. We cried, we laughed, we bounced a big balloon around the audience during The Circle Game. Jackson returned to the stage to sing that wonderful song with Joni as part of her encore.

Years later, I catered a small birthday party for her. I bought a set of milk pens for her and a pad of black paper, wrapped it and hid it under the couch in the living room of the small house where the party was thrown. I didn't think I would have the chance to give it to her because the woman I worked for was strict about staff approaching her celebrity friends. I was cleaning up near the end of the party, succeeding at not engaging Joni although I did so want to.

Out of the blue I hear, "Sam, will you please take our picture with my camera?" OMG! What was I to do? I couldn't very well ignore her, could I? I said, "Of course!" My heart leapt into my throat! I stopped the cleaning and turned to her and smiled, reaching for the camera. I proceeded to take pictures of her and her very sweet comrades. Then she turned to one of her friends and asked, "Would you take a picture of Sam and me?" I jumped for joy inside! "Sam, come and sit here beside me!" I didn't hesitate a second. I was on that couch in an instant!

And I was sitting just above my birthday present to her! We were chatting and I said, "Sweetie, I have a present for you, I hope you don't mind." She looked delightedly as I reached for the present underneath the couch and presented it to her! She took it and immediately started to unwrap it! I told her they were milk pens, all the rage at the time. They were Japanese. She said she loved them! We chatted a bit more and the boss came in and made a face at me and told me to meet her in the kitchen. She lambasted me but I didn't give a shit. I was notified my services wouldn't be needed any longer and I didn't give a shit.
I had my moment with one of the great loves of my life and NOTHING could ruin that for me.
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tomontheroad on 2014-Jan-05 at 20:26:27 GMT-5:
I loved Joni's music then and now, she was why I was there but I was blown away by Jackson Browne,,,I hadn't heard of him at all up until that point and he came out , just sat alone at his piano and had the crowd rocking in no time. Brave and brilliant.
MJSentance on 2010-Aug-19 at 12:41:22 GMT-5:
Reading Tom Zito's review brings back memories. This was the one and only time that I saw Joni Mitchell in concert. As it was the end of February, it was a very cold night - but the DAR was packed. I remember how she swayed in the spotlight and provided an almost mesmerizing image. Joni was ethereal.
tmolinx on 2009-Aug-10 at 09:07:49 GMT-5:
We were mesmerized by you Joni. Great concert - Jackson Browne led off. Your music was excellent even though you had a cold. Just listening to Ladies of the Canyon and re-enjoying all over again. Also listened to Tom Rush's version of Circle Game and yours. Come back to DC again sometime. Please!


Tom M.