This was my first concert at age 14. My mom dropped me and a friend off at the Forum. We were big Sabbath fans and I had just been turned on to Yes. I knew Wild Turkey because of ex Jethro Tull bass player Glenn Cornick. Ozzie and Sabbath were drunk and loose. Wild Turkey was ok. Yes was simply amazing and I have been a fan ever since. I was just learning to play bass at the time and Chris Squire was such an inspiration. Still is. This concert was a mind blower.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:49 AM
I was there...for part of it! This was my first concert st 16. We drove in from the San Gabriel Valley and got lost. We arrived in time to see the Yes encore playing “Round About” . It was then I realized we had missed something special by not seeing the Yes set! Went on to see some amazing concerts at The Forum, but always wondered about that missed opportunity !
Sunday, December 16, 2018 12:24 PM
Glenn Cornick and Wild Turkey opened for Yes, who opened for Black Sabbath at the LA Forum. We sat 15th row, dead center. Glenn's bass solo was raw genius; he even mocked Black Sabbath by playing a few notes from Iron Man. I asked him about that some 15 years later and he said "Oh yeah; I was taking the piss."
Some years later, I met Jon Anderson, a very nice man, who sleeps with the window cracked, "So the fairies can get in."
Jon Anderson might learn from Black Sabbath that "Fairies Wear Boots," an leave the door open!
Sunday, March 12, 2017 6:15 PM
I was 17, was there to see both Yes and Black Sabbath. I had seen Yes once before but I have to say that was one of the best ever concerts I ever attended. Yes absolutely stole the show. Black Sabbath was good but no comparison to the performance by Yes. When Black Sabbath finished their performance, the chants for an encore were for YES! Never had seen a warm up band totally outclass the headliner before or since!
Yes, I was there. Have no recollection of Wild Turkey. But Yes made our heads spin. We couldn't know at the time that it was the only time we would see the band with Bruford providing his utterly indispensable propulsive genius to the mix. Stuck around for about 30 seconds of Sabbath's head-banging and then walked out to preserve the memory of Yes' performance. Saw them that summer when the Eagles and Edgar Winter(!) opened for them. It was their first headlining tour but Yes with Alan White was a plodding shadow of its former self.
For those interested, I do have a recording of the Forum performance. I taped it on a little Sony in my lap. The sound quality is surprisingly good though the constant chatter of knuckleheads around us sometimes drowns out the brilliant playing. Anyone interested can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott, I was there to see Yes. You really must have been high up because Wild Turkey opened the show NOT Yes! I also saw the show a few nights later at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernadino with the same bill. Your right Yes blew Black Sabbath and Wild Turkey away.
Well, like most fans that night, I came to see Black Sabbath. To this day I can't remember anything about BS, because Yes knocked my socks off and most likely theirs. I was somewhere near the top of the Forum in the reefer haze section, yet I remember to this day the tightest, most sophisticated and gorgeously melodic rock band I had ever heard. After 34 years as my number one, nothing has changed my belief in that description of them. I believe a member of Jethro Tull was in the Wild Turkey band at that time. I can't believe Wild Turkey had a higher billing then Yes! After this tour, Yes's position changed forever - in billing and in my heart!
Being only 15 what could one possibly expect? However I was well indulged into concert attending by this time and was well prepared for comprehension however I must admit the line up was strikingly original and mis matched. Yes and Black Sabbath got the almighty lighter and lights to the sky reception and both took the stage home with them. I was into B.S. a little more than Yes at this time however as with most people, Fragile changed all that. Howe and Bruford turned some serious heads around not to mention Wakeman. The most innovative and distinguished techniques of odd meter drumming, brilliantly calculated jazz guitar runs and graceful flawless keyboard playing, Yes placed themselves in a league of their own and this was their career turning point. There were none more focused, original and precise in their intent to place progressive music in the same league of caliber as jazz. Now the sad question plagues us all. What happened to the direction of music in the here and now? Thank goodness these guys are still touring. NOW WHO HAS A RECORDING OF THIS SHOW, ANY LENGTH ANY QUALITY AND ANY FORMAT?