DUNKIN' DONUTS CENTER

aka Providence Civic Center

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HISTORY

The Dunkin' Donuts Center, is an indoor arena located in downtown Providence. In 1972 it opened its doors as the Providence Civic Center as a replacement to the very old RI Auditorium and as a place for the emerging Providence College men's basketball program and the high demand for tickets to their games in Alumni Hall, as well as for the then-Providence Reds, who played in the nearly fifty-year old Rhode Island Auditorium. In 2001, the naming rights to the arena were sold to Dunkin’ Donuts, and the Center started to become known as “The Dunk”. Current tenants include the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League and the Providence College Friars men's basketball team.

The Civic Center has hosted many notable events in its thirty-plus year history. In 1973, the first full year it opened, the PC Friars of Ernie DiGregorio and Marvin Barnes made it to the NCAA Final Four in basketball. The Boston Celtics once played some home games there, and Marvin Hagler and Vinny Pazienza fought for world championships in the building. The Civic Center was a stop for the world’s greatest entertainers. Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, Sting and Springsteen have played the building. During his time, Frank Sinatra made several stops in Providence. Whenever he appeared, state police detectives would scan the crowd for organized crime figures who had gotten choice seats near the stage.

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CONCERT WE PRESENTLY KNOW ABOUT

1972 - 2001 - Providence Civic Center

VENUE 1972 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence Civic Center December 22, 1972 Grand Funk Railroad Freddy King  

YES

     
Providence Civic Center December 27, 1972 Jerry Lee Lewis Chubby Checker

The Drifters

YES

     
VENUE 1973 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence Civic Center March 19, 1973 Pink Floyd         YES  
Providence Civic Center April 14, 1973 Beck, Bogart & Appice Paul Butterfield Blues Band Wet Willie YES   YES Recorded
Providence Civic Center April 18. 1973 Sonny & Cher            
Providence Civic Center April 20. 1973 James Taylor            
Providence Civic Center May 3, 1973 Rod Stewart & The Faces Doobie Bros   YES     Set List
Providence Civic Center May 5, 1973 Little Richard Bo Diddley Bill Haley & The Comets YES      
Providence Civic Center May 15, 1973 The Guess Who Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show          
Providence Civic Center May 20, 1973 Frank Zappa & The Mothers Mahavishnu Orchestra Leo Kottke       Recorded
Providence Civic Center May 23, 1973 Deep Purple Billy Preston David Blue YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center June 7, 1973 Alice Cooper Flo & Eddie     YES    
Providence Civic Center June 8, 1973 Roberta Flack            
Providence Civic Center June 10, 1973 David Cassidy            
Providence Civic Center June 16, 1973 Chicago            
Providence Civic Center June 22, 1973 Quicksilver Andy Pratt James Montgomery  Band YES      
Providence Civic Center June 30, 1973 Herman Hermit's The Searchers Jerry and the Pacemakers        
Providence Civic Center July 8, 1973 War            
Providence Civic Center July 14, 1973 Emerson, Lake & Palmer            
Providence Civic Center July 15, 1973 Jackson 5            
Providence Civic Center July 21, 1973 Led Zeppelin       YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center August 15, 1973 Santana Tower Of Power   YES      
Providence Civic Center August 30, 1973 Jethro Tull Livingston Taylor     YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center September 14, 1973 Grateful Dead     YES      
Providence Civic Center September 15, 1973 Grateful Dead     YES     Recorded
Providence Civic Center October 6, 1973 Liza Minelli The New Seekers          
Providence Civic Center November 22, 1973 Edgar Winter Group Focus   YES YES   Recorded
  1974 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence Civic Center February 21, 1974 Black Sabbath Blue Öyster Cult Bedlam   YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center February 25, 1974 Quicksilver Messenger Service James Gang James Montgomery Band        
Providence Civic Center March 20, 1974 Deep Purple Savoy Brown     YES    
Providence Civic Center April 4, 1974 The Kinks Poco Henry Gross YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center April 6, 1974 Sly & The Family Stone New York Dolls          
Providence Civic Center April 15, 1974 Frank Sinatra            
Providence Civic Center April 16, 1974 Frank Sinatra           Recorded
Providence Civic Center April 20, 1974 Grand Funk Railroad Wet Willie     YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center April 30, 1974 Cat Stevens Linda Lewis          
Providence Civic Center May 2, 1974 Steve Miller Band Boz Scaggs James Cotton Blues Band YES YES    
Providence Civic Center May 4, 1974 Seals & Crofts            
Providence Civic Center May 23, 1974 James Taylor            
Providence Civic Center June 4, 1974 Allman Brothers Band Grinderswitch   YES     Set List
Providence Civic Center June 5, 1974 Allman Brothers Band Grinderswitch   YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center June 13, 1974 Beach Boys Ki Ki Dee   YES YES   Set List
Providence Civic Center June 22, 1974 Elvis Presley (3:00pm)   YES   YES Recorded
Providence Civic Center June 22, 1974 Elvis Presley (8:30pm)   YES      
Providence Civic Center June 26, 1974 Grateful Dead     YES YES YES Recorded
Providence Civic Center July 10, 1974 Eric Clapton Ross   YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center July 13, 1974 Edgar Winter Group     YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center July 29, 1974 Emerson, Lake & Palmer SNAFU   YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center August 9, 1974 J.Geils Band Peter Frampton P.F.M. YES YES    
Providence Civic Center September 14, 1974 Traffic Lindisfarne   YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center September 15, 1974 John Denver       YES    
Providence Civic Center October 17, 1974 Santana            
Providence Civic Center November 5, 1974 Loggins & Messina Tom Rush   YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center November 18, 1974 Steppenwolf Kenny Lyons & Tombstone Climax Blues Band YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center December 11, 1974 George Harrison Ravi Shankar     YES    
Providence Civic Center December 12, 1974 Bachman-Turner Overdrive Brownsville Station Bob Seger   YES   Recorded
  1974 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence Civic Center February 25, 1975 Rod Stewart & The Faces Blue Öyster Cult The Strawbs YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center March 8, 1975 Jethro Tull Carmen   YES YES YES Recorded
Providence Civic Center April 17, 1975 John Denver            
Providence Civic Center May 3, 1975 Aerosmith Journey     YES    
Providence Civic Center May 12, 1975 Frank Sinatra           Set List
Providence Civic Center May 24, 1975 Chuck Berry Drifters Angels YES YES    
Providence Civic Center May 25, 1975 Johnny Winter Leslie West     YES    
Providence Civic Center June 6, 1975 Seals & Crofts Harry Chapin Michael Murphy YES YES    
Providence Civic Center June 25, 1975 Eric Clapton Santana   YES     Recorded
Providence Civic Center July 16, 1975 Alice Cooper James Gang   YES YES YES Recorded
Providence Civic Center July 23, 1975 Yes Ace   YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center August 3, 1975 Black Sabbath Kiss   YES YES YES Recorded
Providence Civic Center August 15, 1975 J.Geils Band Peter Frampton     YES    
Providence Civic Center August 17, 1975 Chicago       YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center August 30, 1975 Jefferson Starship Ambrosia     YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center September 10, 1975 Doobie Brothers            
Providence Civic Center October 27, 1975 Aerosmith Slade Mott     YES  
Providence Civic Center October 28, 1975 Aerosmith Slade Mott       Recorded
Providence Civic Center November 4, 1975 Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue (5pm)   YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center November 4, 1975 Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue (10pm)   YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center November 18, 1975 Beach Boys Eric Carmen Band          
Providence Civic Center November 25, 1975 Allman Brothers Band Marshall Tucker Band Grinderswitch YES     Recorded
Providence Civic Center December 8, 1975 Steppenwolf Savoy Brown   YES YES    
Providence Civic Center December 13, 1975 The Who Toots and the Maytals         Recorded
  1976 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence Civic Center January 19, 1976 Deep Purple Nazareth     YES   Set List
Providence Civic Center February 18, 1976 Joni Mitchell & LA Express            
Providence Civic Center April 8, 1976 Peter Frampton     YES YES    
Providence Civic Center April 13, 1976 Bad Company Kansas   YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center June 10, 1976 Yes Pousette-Dart Band   YES YES   Set List
Providence Civic Center June 23, 1976 Leonard Bernstein & NY Philharmonic            
Providence Civic Center June 24, 1976 Seals & Crofts Carolyn  Willis          
Providence Civic Center June 26, 1976 Elvis Presley    (2:30pm)     YES YES Recorded
Providence Civic Center June 26, 1976 Elvis Presley    (8:30pm)       YES Recorded
Providence Civic Center July 7, 1976 Stills / Young Band Poco   YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center July 13, 1976 Jefferson Starship            
Providence Civic Center July 15, 1976 Jethro Tull Livingston Taylor   YES YES    
Providence Civic Center August 6, 1976 Aerosmith Rory Gallagher Rick Derringer   YES   Set List
Providence Civic Center August 14, 1976 New England Blues Festival  BB King, Muddy Waters, Roy Buchanan, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Koko Taylor, Willie Dixon, Roomful Of Blues   YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center August 20, 1976 Logging & Messina John Sebaston Andy Pratt   YES    
Providence Civic Center August 27, 1976 The Beach Boys            
Providence Civic Center October 7, 1976 Jeff Beck & Jan Hammer Group Boston Heart   YES YES Set List
Providence Civic Center October 13, 1976 Frank Sinatra           Set List
Providence Civic Center October 23, 1976 J.Geils Band           Set List
Providence Civic Center December 2, 1976 Black Sabbath Montrose     YES    
  1977 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence Civic Center January 1, 1977 Kiss Natural Gas     YES    
Providence Civic Center February 10, 1977 Queen Thin Lizzy     YES   Set List
Providence Civic Center April 8, 1977 Gary Wright Journey Starcastle   YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center May 7, 1977 Boston     YES YES    
Providence Civic Center May 23, 1977 Elvis Presley       YES YES Recorded
Providence Civic Center May 23, 1977 Rush            
Providence Civic Center June 11, 1977 Ted Nugent Foreigner     YES    
Providence Civic Center June 13, 1977 Crosby, Stills & Nash     YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center July 7, 1977 Fleetwood Mac Kenny Loggins   YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center July 14, 1977 Emerson, Lake & Palmer     YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center July 24, 1977 Alice Cooper Atlanta Rhythm Section   YES YES    
Providence Civic Center July 30, 1977 Bad Company Climax Blues Band   YES YES    
Providence Civic Center August 7, 1977 Sonny & Cher       YES    
Providence Civic Center August 15, 1977 Yes Donovan   YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center August 23, 1977 Bootsy Collins and His Rubber Band Brother Johnson          
Providence Civic Center September 11, 1977 Franki Valli and The Four Seasons            
Providence Civic Center September 23, 1977 Parliment-Funkadelics            
Providence Civic Center September 25, 1977 Rod Stewart Air Supply          
Providence Civic Center October 29, 1977 Aerosmith Styx   YES      
Providence Civic Center October 30, 1977 Aerosmith Styx   YES      
Providence Civic Center November 10, 1977 Earth, Wind & Fire Denice Williams   YES      
Providence Civic Center December 4, 1977 Jethro Tull       YES   Set List
Providence Civic Center December 13, 1977 Kansas     YES YES   Recorded
  1978 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence Civic Center January 12, 1978 Blue Öyster Cult Rush   YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center February 2, 1978 Kiss     YES      
Providence Civic Center February 3, 1978 Kiss     YES YES    
Providence Civic Center March 13, 1978 Emerson, Lake & Palmer     YES YES    
Providence Civic Center May 5, 1978 David Bowie     YES YES    
Providence Civic Center May 14, 1978 Grateful Dead     YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center June 16, 1978 The Beach Boys Charles Lloyd          
Providence Civic Center July 20, 1978 Crosby, Stills & Nash            
Providence Civic Center July 23, 1978 The Cars Starz     YES    
Providence Civic Center August 8, 1978 Linda Ronstadt       YES    
Providence Civic Center August 16, 1978 Jackson Browne       YES    
Providence Civic Center August 26, 1978 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band     YES YES YES Recorded
Providence Civic Center September 1, 1978 Yes       YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center September 17, 1978 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band            
Providence Civic Center September 25, 1978 Neil Young & Crazy Horse       YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center September 28, 1978 Electric Light Orchestra Trickster   YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center October 7, 1978 Bob Dylan           Set List
Providence Civic Center October 8, 1978 Ted Nugent            
Providence Civic Center October 9, 1978 Frank Zappa       YES    
Providence Civic Center October 12, 1978 Jethro Tull            
Providence Civic Center October 26, 1978 Frank Sinatra           Set List
Providence Civic Center November 14, 1978 Queen     YES YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center November 16, 1978 Aerosmith Golden Earring   YES   YES Set List
Providence Civic Center November 18, 1978 Doobie Brothers Chilawack   YES YES    
Providence Civic Center November 23, 1978 The Moody Blues       YES YES  Recorded
Providence Civic Center December 31, 1978 J. Geils Band            
  1979 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence Civic Center January 18, 1979 Grateful Dead       YES   Recorded
Providence Civic Center February 6, 1979 Sha Na Na       YES    
Providence Civic Center April 8, 1979 Rush            
Providence Civic Center April 13, 1979 Diana Ross            
Providence Civic Center April 14, 1979 Billy Joel            
Providence Civic Center April 21, 1979 Allman Brothers Band           Set List
Providence Civic Center April 28, 1979 Eric Clapton           Recorded
Providence Civic Center May 20, 1979 The Beach Boys Iron Horse          
Providence Civic Center July 21, 1979 Bad Company            
Providence Civic Center August 1, 1979 Kiss New England   YES      
Providence Civic Center August 27, 1979 Joni Mitchell            
Providence Civic Center August 28, 1979 Bee Gees            
Providence Civic Center August 29, 1979 Bee Gees           Set List
Providence Civic Center September 23, 1979 The Kinks            
Providence Civic Center September 30, 1979 Cheap Trick            
  Providence Civic Center October 3, 1979 Ted Nugent            
  Providence Civic Center October 14, 1979 Frank Sinatra           Set List
Providence Civic Center October 15, 1979 Jethro Tull UK     YES   Set List
Providence Civic Center November 4, 1979 The Grateful Dead            
Providence Civic Center November 9, 1979 Styx City Boy          
Providence Civic Center December 27, 1979 Allman Brothers Band           Set List
  1980 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence Civic Center February 7, 1980 Blue Öyster Cult Babys Rockets   YES    
Providence Civic Center May 2, 1980 Frank Zappa            
Providence Civic Center May 3, 1980 J. Geils Band            
Providence Civic Center May 16, 1980 Rush            
Providence Civic Center July 12, 1980 Alice Cooper            
Providence Civic Center August 12, 1980 Black Sabbath Sammy Hagar Shakin' Street       Recorded
Providence Civic Center August 26, 1980 Queen     YES   YES Recorded
Providence Civic Center September 4, 1980 Grateful Dead            
Providence Civic Center September 8, 1980 Yes           Set List
Providence Civic Center September 9, 1980 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band            
Providence Civic Center September 10, 1980 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band            
Providence Civic Center September 11, 1980 Elton John            
Providence Civic Center October 10, 1980 Jethro Tull Whitesnake         Set List
Providence Civic Center October 18, 1980 The Kinks Robin Lane & the Chartbusters          
Providence Civic Center November 8, 1980 Frank Zappa           Set List
Providence Civic Center November 14, 1980 Cars Suicide (Alan Vega)          
Providence Civic Center December 11, 1980 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band     YES YES YES  DVD
Providence Civic Center December 26, 1980 J. Geils Band     YES     Set List
  1981 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence Civic Center May 13, 1981 Grateful Dead            
Providence Civic Center May 24, 1981 Rush            
Providence Civic Center June 1, 1981 The Beach Boys Frankie and The Knockouts          
Providence Civic Center July 15, 1981 The Moody Blues     YES      
Providence Civic Center August 8, 1981 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Joe Ely          
Providence Civic Center August 16, 1981 The Jacksons            
Providence Civic Center August 20, 1981 Alice Cooper            
Providence Civic Center September 12, 1981 Blue Öyster Cult Foghat  Whitford St. Holmes YES YES   Set List
Providence Civic Center September 30, 1981 The Kinks            
Providence Civic Center October 11, 1981 Journey Loverboy   YES      
Providence Civic Center October 19, 1981 Dan Fogelberg     YES      
Providence Civic Center December 4, 1981 AC/DC            
Providence Civic Center December 4, 1981 J.Geils Band Jon Butcher Axis          
  1982 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence Civic Center February 12, 1982 Black Sabbath

rescheduled

  YES YES    
Providence Civic Center March 23, 1982 The Cars Nick Lowe & His Noise To Go          
Providence Civic Center April 6, 1982 Ozzy Osbourne U.F.O.   YES YES    
Providence Civic Center April 13, 1982 Police Bow-Wow-Wow          
Providence Civic Center April 15, 1982 Grateful Dead     YES      
Providence Civic Center May 14, 1982 Frank Sinatra           Set List
Providence Civic Center May 18, 1982 Black Sabbath Doc Holliday         Set List
Providence Civic Center August 2, 1982 Crosby, Stills & Nash     YES YES    
Providence Civic Center August 27, 1982 Diana Ross            
Providence Civic Center August 28, 1982 The Clash            
Providence Civic Center October 3, 1982 Jethro Tull            
Providence Civic Center October 7, 1982 Judas Priest           Set List
Providence Civic Center October 9, 1982 Heart John Cougar          
Providence Civic Center November 17, 1982 Aerosmith Pat Travers Rose Tattoo YES YES YES Set List
Providence Civic Center November 20, 1982 The B'52's            
Providence Civic Center December 5, 1982 Rush            
Providence Civic Center December 28, 1982 J. Geils Band            
  1983 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence Civic Center February 10, 1983 Prince            
Providence Civic Center February 15, 1983 Neil Young           Set List
Providence Civic Center March 2, 1983 Willie Nelson & Family            
Providence Civic Center March 12, 1983 Hall & Oates            
Providence Civic Center March 25, 1983 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Nick Lowe & His Noise To Go          
Providence Civic Center March 29, 1983 The KInks            
Providence Civic Center April 20, 1983 Grateful Dead            
Providence Civic Center August 19, 1983 Elvis Costello & The Attractions Aztec Camera         SET LIST
Providence Civic Center October 4, 1983 Talking Heads            
Providence Civic Center October 30, 1983 Aerosmith            
  1984 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence Civic Center January 20, 1984 Ozzy Osbourne Motley Crue     YES    
Providence Civic Center January 18, 1984