The Jackson 5 First National Tour was the Jackson 5's first American concert tour.
After making appearances with Diana Ross & The Supremes at the Forum and Yvonne Fair in their hometown of Gary, Indiana, the tour began on May 2, 1970 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and ended on December 30, 1970 in Jacksonville, Florida.
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's Madison Square Garden on July 7, 1970, but 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.
One concert was shared with Jerry Butler and Rare Earth in San Francisco (Tina Turner had also been scheduled to appear).
In an interview, Michael 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."
- "I Want You Back"
- "Feelin' Alright" (cover of the Three Dog Night's song)
- "Who's Lovin' You"
- "I'll Be There"
- "Mama's Pearl"
- "Can You Remember?"
- "There Was a Time"
- "It's Your Thing"
- "I Found That Girl"
- "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" (cover of Sly & the Family Stone's song)
- "Walk On" (an instrumental rendition of Isaac Hayes' song "Walk On By")
- "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.
They sang some songs that were not recorded in the studio (such as "Hum A Song (From Your Heart") or ones that the group recorded, but didn't release (such as "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 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).
|May 2, 1970||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||United States||Spectrum|
|June 19, 1970||Daly City, California||Cow Palace|
|June 20, 1970||Inglewood, California||The Forum (Inglewood)|
|October 9, 1970||Boston, Massachusetts||Boston Garden|
|October 10, 1970||Cincinnati, Ohio||Cincinnati Gardens|
|October 11, 1970||Memphis, Tennessee||Mid-South Coliseum|
|October 16, 1970||New York City||Madison Square Garden|
|October 17, 1970||Detroit, Michigan||Detroit Olympia|
|October 18, 1970||Chicago, Illinois||International Amphitheatre|
|November 28, 1970||Rochester, New York||Blue Cross Arena|
|December 27, 1970||Charlotte, North Carolina||Bojangles' Coliseum|
|December 28, 1970||Greensboro, North Carolina||Greensboro Coliseum Complex|
|December 29, 1970||Nashville, Tennessee||Nashville Municipal Auditorium|
|December 30, 1970||Jacksonville, Florida||Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
- November 26, 1970 (Buffalo, New York): Cancelled due to death threats made against Michael Jackson