“The Love You Save (Live at the Forum)” - Jackson 5
Excerpt from Live at the Forum Disc 1 (1970)
Today’s Forum story:
40 years ago today… THIS WAS IT.
Saturday, June 20, 1970, the Jackson 5 were headlining the Forum in Inglewood, CA.
They were the biggest band in the land. “The Love You Save,” their third single, was starting a six-week run at No. 1 on the R&B charts and was about to knock The Beatles’ “The Long And Winding Road” out of No. 1 Pop – just like “ABC” had bumped “Let It Be.” Forum emcee Rick Holmes made note of this in his introduction. (He didn’t quite get it right, but what would you do with 18,000+ screaming fans waiting for you to shut up?)
Motown had taken its time with a J5 tour, building the anticipation to see them live. The group first appeared as Motown headliners in Philadelphia May 2. They didn’t perform on stage again until June 19, the night before the Forum, at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. They did The Ed Sullivan Show in-between, on May 10.
For several chaotic minutes the Forum show had technical difficulties, which we’ll discuss in a future post, but once the brothers got in gear everyone went crazy - and this audio clip from near the end of the show is what it sounded like just before the crowd rushed forward, rows of chairs came crashing down and the J5 fled the stage.
(Motown Trivia: Lionel Richie turned 21 on this day in 1970.)
Tomorrow: MJ acknowledges Diana Ross in the crowd