Poster of Cream At Rhode Island Auditorium

Former location –

Rhode Island Auditorium was an indoor arena that opened in 1926 and held 5,300 people. Initially a sports venue, the auditorium also hosted concerts and religious events.

On their Farewell Tour, Cream performed two sold-out shows at the auditorium on November 4, 1968. The first show was set for 6:30 and sold out quickly so the promoter added a second show at 9:30. The second show was cut short due to a city imposed noise curfew.

Concert Set List

First Show
White room
Politician
I’m So Glad
Crossroads
Toad

Second Show
Spoonful
Toad

After a Sly and the Family Stone concert here in 1969, a riot broke out into the streets. This led the mayor of Providence to ban all rock concerts in the city. The ban only lasted for a few months.

Other notable acts to perform here include:

The Who opened for Hermans Hermits on August 14, 1967
Buddy Miles Express opened for Jimi Hendrix on May 17, 1969
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young played a concert here on June 9, 1970 not too long after Neil Young joined the band.

The auditorium was torn down in 1989 and parking for the nearby Miriam Hospital now sits in its place.

Rhode Island Auditorium
1111 North Main Street
Providence RI 02906