The Jackson 5 First National Tour

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The Jackson 5 First National Tour
Tour by The Jackson 5
Start date May 2, 1970
End date December 30, 1970
Legs 1
No. of shows 14 in North America
14 in total
The Jackson 5 concert chronology

The Jackson 5 First National Tour was the group's first tour of the United States. After having made 1969 appearances with Diana Ross & The Supremes at The Forum near Los Angeles, and Yvonne Fair in Gary, Indiana,[1] the tour began in Philadelphia with their first official full-length Motown concert. One concert in San Francisco was shared with Jerry Butler and Rare Earth (Tina Turner had been scheduled to appear).[2]

In an interview, Michael Jackson told Soul Magazine about the tour, "In San Francisco and Los Angeles, it looked like the walls were falling the way hundreds of them, the girls, came at the stage all together; but we have to practice getting away too, so we're ready to drop everything and run. Jermaine dropped his guitar and took off at the Forum concert. We can always get a new guitar for him, but he'd be kinda hard to replace. It's too bad really, 'cause we can't finish the show the way we rehearsed. We always have to run off stage, and we can't thank the audience and stuff, you know the way we'd really like too, we just have to run away."[2]


The tour was announced in April 1970 by Berry Gordy Jr. and Joe Jackson. During the group's May 10, 1970 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Ed Sullivan announced the group would begin a summer tour of one-nighters at New York City's Madison Square Garden on July 7. However, outside of the two June concerts in California, they would not appear there or at any venue until October.

They toured with only four band instruments, Ronnie Rancifer on the organ/keyboard, Johnny Jackson on drums, Tito on lead guitar, and Jermaine on bass.

Set list[edit]

  1. "Stand!"
  2. "I Want You Back"
  3. "ABC"
  4. "Feelin' Alright" (cover of the Three Dog Night version)
  5. "Who's Lovin' You"
  6. "I'll Be There"
  7. "Mama's Pearl"
  8. "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"
  9. "Yesterday"
  10. "Can You Remember?"
  11. "There Was a Time"
  12. "It's Your Thing"
  13. "I Found That Girl"
  14. "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"
  15. "Walk On" (Instrumental rendition of Isaac Hayes' "Walk On By")
  16. "The Love You Save"


  • These songs are found in the 1970 tour booklet as The Jackson 5's repertoire ("Songs that's expected to be performed in their performance") for the tour. The set list included songs from the albums Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5, ABC (album) and Third Album. They sang some songs that were not recorded in the studio, such as Hum a Song (From Your Heart),[3] or ones that the group recorded but did not release, like "Feelin' Alright".
  • Although these are the usual songs performed in their set, they often performed different songs. For example, at the concert in Jacksonville, they performed "Darling Dear" and "I Want to Take You Higher". The first five songs were always the same, as listed above, and they always ended with "Walk On" and "The Love You Save", except in their first three concerts in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[4][5]
May 2, 1970 Philadelphia United States Spectrum
June 19, 1970 Daly City Cow Palace
June 20, 1970 Inglewood The Forum
October 9, 1970 Boston Boston Garden
October 10, 1970 Cincinnati Cincinnati Gardens
October 11, 1970 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
October 16, 1970 New York City Madison Square Garden
October 17, 1970 Detroit Olympia Stadium
October 18, 1970 Chicago International Amphitheatre
November 28, 1970 Rochester Rochester Community War Memorial
December 27, 1970 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
December 28, 1970 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
December 29, 1970 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium
December 30, 1970 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum


  • 11/26/70: Buffalo, New York; Cancelled (Due to death threats being made against Michael Jackson)[citation needed] Detective Vincent Andolina from Precinct 6, met with 3 youths from the area, along with some from Jackson 5 security about the threats. The result of that meeting was to cancel the concert.