Bang (American band)
|Origin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
The group was formed by drummer Tony Diorio, bassist/singer Frank Ferrara, and guitarist Frank Gilcken and released three albums on Capitol Records, scoring one minor hit single with "Questions", which reached #90 on the Billboard Hot 100. They were strongly influenced by Black Sabbath, and are considered forerunners to the doom metal genre. The group briefly reformed in the early 2000s and recorded 2 more CDs worth of music. In 2004 the concept album "Death Of A Country" was released on CD and LP. This album was recorded in 1971 and was intended to be released as the band's first record, but was shelved by Capitol Records because they did not feel that putting out a "heavy concept album" as the band's debut would be commercially viable. Later that year, their self-titled sophomore record was released and became their official debut instead.
On January 6, 2014 Bang announced their reunion. Original drummer and lyricist Tony Diorio continues to contribute lyrics, while Matt Calvarese performed drums live.
On August 15, 2017, Bang released their autobiography entitled "The BANG Story: From the Basement to the Bright Lights," written with Lawrence Knorr. The book was published by Sunbury Press.
- Frank Ferrara - vocals, bass
- Frank Gilcken - guitar, harmony vocals
- Tony Diorio - drums, lyrics
- Matt Calvarese - drums (2013-2014)
- Jake Leger - drums (2014-2016)
- Death of a Country (recorded 1971, released 2004 on Rise Above Records)
- Bang (Capitol Records, 1972) U.S. #164
- Mother/Bow to the King (Capitol, 1972)
- Music (Capitol, 1973)
- Return to Zero (1999)
- The Maze (2004)
- Questions (Bang, 1972) U.S. #90
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- Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Albums. 6th edition (2006), p. 72.
- Billboard, Allmusic
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