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Billboard
March 22, 2000

Elton John, Diana Krall, Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, Wynonna Judd, Chaka Khan, k.d. lang, and Cassandra Wilson will honor Joni Mitchell in "An All-Star Tribute To Joni Mitchell," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mitchell, a four-time Grammy winner, will also perform in the show, which will tape April 6 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York and is scheduled to air on TNT April 16.

Judd's sister, actress Ashley Judd, will host the event. Special guests, as well as additional performers, have yet to be announced.

In other Mitchell news, the artist will mount a 12-date orchestral tour in support of her new Warner Bros. album of standards, "Both Sides Now." The jaunt will kick off May 12 in Los Angeles and conclude June 2 in Philadelphia.

"Both Sides Now" is the first in a trilogy Mitchell and producer Larry Klein have planned. The next project will feature Mitchell's music in a symphonic setting. "You know, it will be stuff like ["Judgement Of The Moon And Stars (Ludwig's Tune)"]," from 1972's "For The Roses." I had to do it low budget with just one violin player originally," she told Billboard's Melinda Newman in February. "So it would be a thrill to take material and orchestrate it for a big orchestra."

Mitchell calls the third album "Have Yourself A Dreary Little Christmas." "It will include four of my 'something bad always happens to me on Christmas' songs, four secular Christmas songs, and four carols. I want to make a play out of it," she said.

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