33 comments on “Top Ten Historic Classic Rock Concerts 1968-1972 . #4 Ten Years After! Grand Funk Railroad! . . . . . . . . . #3 Savoy Brown! Humble Pie!

  1. I was there, and have told the story of GFR not just giving TYA a run for the title, but they made LA history. I returned to the Forum four more times to see GFR as the headliner act. However, I can not understand why this author left out the best Forum concert. Chicago Transit Authority, Deep Purple, and a very young Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker, aka Cream.

    • GFR vs TYA – glad to hear you were there also!
      I can only report on those concerts I attended and most were historic due to the times and the fact that they took place at the high point in each band’s career. Of course there were many, many others; such as those you mentioned.
      Cream only did one tour and only played L.A. once and I was there, check this site’s Top Ten Historic Classic Rock Concerts 1968-1972 # 10 and #9 CREAM! the DOORS!
      Thanks!

  2. To be precise…Those “black oil Slick souvenirs” were deposited in the toilets” of The Shell station just down the street from The FW…I remember cus I WAS THERE…
    Humble Pie put on one of THE best R&R shows of all time…Those 4 guys were the first Super Group imo…Thanks for the excellent concert stories.
    I’ll be reading more as time permits..Good job T

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  6. I went to a Ten Years After and Grand Funk concert that summer. It must have been at the Forum. Were they elsewhere in LA that summer? I am almost sure that I heard the song “I’d like to Change the World” which they say was not played live after a certain time. I’m sure I heard it.

    • Since it wasn’t their only L.A. appearance, they could have played elsewhere, a TYA or GFR gig list may answer that. Altho the concert you refer to may have been a later Fab Forum concert as ILTCTW was from A Space in Time which was released after CG and Watt, I think – this is just from memory not research. In any case, you saw a kick-ass concert during kick-ass times!

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  22. Thanks for sharing! I happened to see this show at the LA Forum, as well as other great shows. Brings back some wonderful memories, what a concert. Gald to have been there that night.

  23. I Was At The Forum To See TYA & GFR DID Not Really Like PG&E I Thought It Was On The 24th Or 25th I Was 15 At The Time Yes GFR Was Great But TYA Was The Reason I Went They Were Unbelievably Great What Was Funny Is On The Way Home KMET Said There Was A Riot At The TYA Concert Last Night I Remember Seeing About 10 People Get Busted But NO RIOT NOT EVEN CLOSE. One More Thing It Makes Me Sick To See The So Called Tya Living Off Of ALVIN LEE’S NAME R.I.P. BRO

    • Historic Concert glad you were there.
      Same here, never saw anything like a “riot”, but back then over on the dark side of the Forum maybe a few fans mixed it up and cops came, but certainly no riot – back then riots were all the rage so anything qualified.
      Went there for TYA also – but were unexpectedly blown away by GFR!

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  26. Me And Two Friends Went To See TYA GFR That July Nite PG&E Don’t Remember That Part Of The Show But That Was The Best Concert OF 1970 For This 15 Year Old Kid Shit TYA Lilly F40s And GFR One Thing That Was So Funny After The Best Show Ever We Were On Our Way Back To Tujunga And KMET Said There Was A Riot At The Forum Don’t Know How We Missed That. But I Think That Was The Battle Of The Bands With TYA The Winner Sad How Just A Year Later GF Had Totally Sold Out To Dump Truck Pop

    • Back then a few great bands settled into a more accessable groove like GFR did.
      But Alvin Lee stayed with the Hard Rockin’ Psychedelic Blues ’til the end.
      A Classic Rock composer, singer, songwriter and GUITARIST. Whew! R.I.P.

      I was 19 when this World-Class Battle of the Bands was held at the Fabulous Forum.

      Thanks for the memories of Lily F40s – fun times.

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