As part of Randy Lewis's front-page story on plans to for the Forum's comeback as a concert venue, we asked readers to contribute memories of their experiences at the storied Inglewood building.
Check out some of what they've written below -- lightly edited for length and clarity -- and add your own memories at the bottom of this post.
I saw my first concert ever in 1977. I was 9 years old and it was KISS and Cheap Trick [at the Forum] -- the show that KISS recorded for the "Alive II" record. Smoke, fire, loud guitars -- I will never forget it!
-- Chris Cognac, Torrance
Sometimes [my brother and I] would sneak in through the bottom entrance with the touring buses and limos. The list [of acts we saw] includes Earth, Wind & Fire, Sly & the Family Stone and Parliament-Funkadelic. The thing we always talk about and remember the most is [that] when the lights went off, the "aroma" would immediately change inside. Being two little young guys, that confused us at the time.
-- David Johnson, Los Angeles
Stevie Wonder was magical. [He] ended his show with a stage full of artists and celebrities singing "Happy Birthday," his tribute to
-- Dr. Kweli, San Bernardino
I saw Depeche Mode perform at the Forum in 1986. Black was the primary fashion choice for concert attendees. The performance was electric -- literally -- and all left satisfied. I went with my boyfriend, Steve. He was more the Michael McDonald type, but he embraced the experience and we were better for it. Later I had to go hear Patti LaBelle at the Hollywood Bowl for him.
-- Chris Becker, Los Angeles
Summer of 1986, the impotent new version of
-- Hoops McCann, Covina
-- John Lai, Camarillo