A Chronology of Appearances

This work-in-progress lists all currently known appearances, drawn from a variety of sources.
Researched, Compiled, and Maintained by Simon Montgomery, © 2001-2024.
Special thanks to Joel Bernstein for his contributions and assistance.
Latest Update: March 21, 2024
Please send comments, corrections or additions to: simon@icu.com

1976.01.18 Joni's next appearance Elliott Hall of Music, Purdue Univ. W. Lafayette, IN

Neil Young made a surprise appearance.

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  • Photo by James Brown
  • From the Purdue University 1976 yearbook
  • From the Purdue University 1976 yearbook

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twarner on

I remember this just as jguion described it. I was in the back of the hall and couldn't see the stage that well. A guy came out and said something like "Joni will be right back" and then a few seconds later sang "There Is a town in north Ontario"... everyone in the crowd sang the chorus in Circle Game. Joni sang several songs from "Hissing of Summer Lawns." And she also did "Talk to Me" more than a year it was on "Don Juan." A truly unforgettable concert.

PPelke on

My college roommate and I were there too! Purdue is a conservative school and a lot of the attendees were there just to see a concert...with suit and tie, etc. When Joni started singing that "jazz stuff" with the LA Express...a lot of people left...of course we stayed and were totally blown away when Neil came out for the encore...a concert I will never forget...

Sloan on

Neil used my Harmonica and holder for this surprise performance at Elliot Hall that night. I was backstage when he walked out on that dark stage. It was amazing. No one knew what was going on, but as soon as he hit first chord of Helpless the xrowd went nutz!

Lthree on

Seeing Joni live in concert for the first time was something I had waited for since I was 15. I never dreamed she would include the wallflower state of Indiana in her tour. Neil Young's guest appearance made the perfect concert even better. John G.'s description was excellent- brought everything back! Now I am 54 and she is still my favorite. Thank you, Joni - your gifts make the world a better place!
Lauralee Middleton
Kalamazoo, MI

jguion on

This is my favorite concert of all time. It took place at Elliott Hall Auditorium at Purdue University. The LA Express opened the show and then backed Joni during her set which was outstanding. As the show ended the stage went black and the crowd called for an encore. A dark figure walked to the stage from the right side. I knew from his walk that it was Neil Young. He sat down and started to play his guitar, still in darkness. As he began to sing Helpless the rest of the crowd realized it was Neil. They went crazy. Joni came and joined him midsong to sing along. He then told of how he had called Joni to sing Sugar Mountain to her over the phone. They then sang that song together. Joni then told us how she had written The Circle Game after hearing Neil sing Sugar Mountain. They then proceeded to sing The Circle Game together.I had goosebumps the entire time. Joni and Neil were my favorite musicians and here they were together. What a surprise!

Thanks Joni,

John Guion
Anderson, IN  [ed.]  [ed.]