Mott the Hoople October 29, 1973, Moravian College, Bethlehem PA
October 29th 1973, Mott The Hoople played the last date of their tour with Aerosmith in Bethlehem Pa at Moravian College's Johnston Hall. The bands, crews, and management were all in a celebratory mood, sending us out to buy champagne to toast the end of a successful tour. That excitement spread throughout the Lehigh Valley, and the anticipation led to a sold out general admission show, with fans lining up in the afternoon, hours before the doors opened.
Inside, complications occurred when the stage was set up facing the wrong wall, which caused a substantial delay in the opening of the doors, leaving a pack of eager fans lined up outside. When they doors finally opened, the thrust of the crowd pinned the doors back, and luckily no one was injured, but it definitely set the tone for a night of high energy rock and roll.
Supporting act, Aerosmith, came out and opened for Mott The Hoople, getting the crowd warmed up and rockin. It was obvious to all in the room that this young boston band was working their way to become legends around the world. Mott the Hoople, amazed the crowded room with their setlist, which included their biggest hits like "All the Young Dudes" and "All the Way From Memphis"
This was the first time either of the bands played the Lehigh Valley, but little did anyone know that over 30 years later Aerosmith would make their mark on the Valley again, asking Media Five's client Fuel to be direct support for them in their North American Just Push Play Tour.