THE STRAND

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HISTORY

The Strand opened its doors on June 12, 1915 as a vaudeville theater. With the impending rise of cinema, the building soon played host to a movie theater. In the 1970s, it apparently morphed into an adult theater not surprising considering the state of Downcity at that point in time: “During the 1970s…Downtown was known mainly for its collection of porn shops, strip clubs, and dive bars". As the city’s image improved in the 1990s, the Strand reopened as a home for live music establishing it as a potential candidate to house the soon to be Lupo's at The Strand.

A photo of the Strand Theater building from 1919 shows a corner dedicated to a shop selling “hats” and “furnishings.” Not much has changed in eighty years—the same corner now houses a Dunkin Donuts. And the theaters themselves are similar—the Strand of 1919 seems a fitting precursor to the Lupo’s of 2009 in form and spirit. Both versions sport charmingly tacky light-up signs above cute little box offices unassumingly advertising the coming shows. Moreover, the building reveals no visible signs of remodeling from one picture to the other.

 

CONCERT WE PRESENTLY KNOW ABOUT

 

VENUE YEAR MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
                 
  1993              
The Strand, Providence July 23, 1993 Ace Frehley            
The Strand, Providence July 28, 1993 Fabulous Thunderbirds            
The Strand, Providence September 1, 1993 Cheap Trick         YES  
The Strand, Providence October 8, 1993 Brian May Band            
The Strand, Providence November 2, 1993 Vince Neil            
The Strand, Providence November 11, 1993 Aimee Mann            
The Strand, Providence November 24, 1993 Peter Wolf            
The Strand, Providence December 15, 1993 Band            
  1994 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
The Strand, Providence January 16, 1994 .38 Special            
The Strand, Providence February 4, 1994 Warren Zevon         YES Set List
The Strand, Providence March 4, 1994 Ace Frehley            
The Strand, Providence March 30, 1994 Ramones Frank Black          
The Strand, Providence April 13, 1994 B.B. King            
The Strand, Providence June 7, 1994 Great White            
The Strand, Providence June 16, 1994 Dio            
The Strand, Providence July 8, 1994 Peter Wolf            
The Strand, Providence July 22, 1994 Edgar Winter            
The Strand, Providence July 29, 1994 Bad Company            
The Strand, Providence August 10, 1994 Joe Cocker            
The Strand, Providence August 26, 1994 Ace Frehley            
The Strand, Providence September 14, 1994 David Lee Roth            
The Strand, Providence September 15, 1994 Dio            
The Strand, Providence September 22, 1994 Joan Jet & The Blackhearts Sheryl Crow          
The Strand, Providence September 24, 1994 Ozric Tentacles            
The Strand, Providence October 2, 1994 Steve Howe            
The Strand, Providence October 6, 1994 Steve Howe            
The Strand, Providence October 9, 1994 Steve Howe            
The Strand, Providence October 24, 1994 Offspring            
The Strand, Providence October 25, 1994 Alvin Lee            
The Strand, Providence October 26, 1994 The Pretenders            
The Strand, Providence November 14, 1994 Sugar            
The Strand, Providence December 2, 1994 Peter Criss            
  1995 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
The Strand, Providence February 15, 1995 Slayer  Biohazard Machine Head  YES      
The Strand, Providence March 17, 1995 Extreme            
The Strand, Providence March 18, 1995 Tesla            
The Strand, Providence March 31, 1995 Fools            
The Strand, Providence April 17, 1995 Slash's Snake Pit        YES    
The Strand, Providence April 23, 1995 Cinderella            
The Strand, Providence April 28, 1995 Great White            
The Strand, Providence May 11, 1995 Dokken            
The Strand, Providence May 14, 1995 Cranberries Grant Lee Buffalo          
The Strand, Providence May 17, 1995 Bush Tadies          
The Strand, Providence May 28, 1995 Ace Frehley            
The Strand, Providence July 12, 1995 Megadeth Korn  Fear Factory YES      
The Strand, Providence July 13, 1995 Barenaked Ladies            
The Strand, Providence July 14, 1995 Dokken            
The Strand, Providence August 6, 1995 Peter Murphy Jewel          
The Strand, Providence August 24, 1995 Hot Tuna George Thorogood          
The Strand, Providence September 22, 1995 Blind Melons            
The Strand, Providence November 5, 1995 Cranberries Grant Lee Buffalo          
  1996 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
The Strand, Providence March 1, 1996 Busta Rhymes      YES      
The Strand, Providence April 9, 1996 Iggy Pop            
The Strand, Providence April 18, 1996 Bob Dylan Jewel         Set List
The Strand, Providence August 1, 1996 Squeeze Unloved            
The Strand, Providence October 10, 1996 Jethro Tull            
The Strand, Providence October 27, 1996 Marilyn Manson     YES     Recorded
The Strand, Providence November 26, 1996 Tool  Psychotica   YES      
  1997 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
The Strand, Providence January 15, 1997 Pantera Neurosis    YES      
The Strand, Providence June 13, 1997 Marilyn Manson     YES      
The Strand, Providence July 27, 1997 Fish            
The Strand, Providence August 9, 1997 Jethro Tull UK          
  The Strand,    Providence September 8, 1997 Blur            
The Strand, Providence September 16, 1997 Morrisey            
The Strand, Providence September 18, 1997 Faith No More Limp Bizkit    YES      
The Strand, Providence October 7, 1997 Foo Fighters Talkshow   YES      
  1998 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
                 
  1999 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
                 
  2000 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE

In 2004 Lupo's opened up his third incarnation of his famed Heartbreak Hotel in the Stand. The 1200-person capacity of the Strand is smaller than Lupo’s 1500-person capacity, although, Lupo says, the opening of balcony space toward the end of January will expand the capacity to 2000 and enable the booking of more big shows – the kind, he says, "that would prefer to be in a theater." At the same time, the move from Westminster Street will also mean the closing of the Lupo-owned Met Café, a venue for many local acts and more eclectic touring bands, like the Pernice Brothers, Juliana Hatfield, and Southern Culture on the Skids.

 

 

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