Philly’s forgotten 70s Rock ‘n’ Roll trio once performed with music greats

Philly’s forgotten 70s Rock ‘n’ Roll trio once performed with music greats

New biography of Philadelphia band BANG who hit it big in the early 1970s

PHILADELPHIA – April 5, 2018 — Our heads will always jam out to the classic heavy metal rock ‘n’ roll as radios still play the songs we grew up with or cherish from our parents. Relive those times in BANG’s book, The Bang Story. Follow Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, and Frankie Gilcken as they tell of their rise to fame starting from meeting in childhood to then performing with Hall of Famers. Re-experience the culture of the time from the trio’s memories and photos. In just under 200 pages, The Bang Story is a fun read filled with Rock ‘n’ Roll nostalgia.

In the summer of 1971, BANG, a trio from the Philadelphia area, decided to take a road trip to Florida to try their fortune. While buying some rolling papers in the Sunshine State, they learned about a Small Faces and Deep Purple concert nearby in Orlando. They showed up at the venue and brazenly declared they were ready to go on stage. The concert organizer asked them to set up and play for him. After a couple songs, he told them they were opening for Rod Stewart and Faces. Before they knew it, BANG was playing with Bachman Turner Overdrive, Deep Purple, Three Dog Night, Fleetwood Mac, Ike and Tina Turner, The Doobie Brothers, and even Black Sabbath. Capitol Records signed them, and three LPs were released. Join Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, and Frankie Gilcken, as they recall their rapid rise to fame, playing with numerous Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.

Praise:

… the band “on first listen, sounds incredibly like Led Zeppelin … they play at the same frenetic pace as Zeppelin, and Frank Ferrara’s vocals are so similar to those of Robert Plant’s, as to be downright amazing”
— Billboard magazine (1972)

About the author:
Lawrence Knorr is the author or co-author of more than twenty books, most on regional history and biography. All are published by Sunbury Press, Inc.

By Lawrence Knorr, Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, Frank Gilcken
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x .5
9781620065822
192 Pages w/dozens of period photographs
Music: Genres & Styles – Rock
Biography & Autobiography: Composers & Musicians – General
Music: Genres & Styles – Heavy Metal

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A band walks into a record store to buy some rolling papers … the next thing they know, they’re opening for Rod Stewart

A band walks into a record store to buy some rolling papers … the next thing they know, they’re opening for Rod Stewart

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Sunbury Press has released the The BANG Story: From the Basement to the Bright Lights by Lawrence Knorr and Capital recording artists BANG.

About the Book:

In  the summer of 1971, BANG, a trio from the Philadelphia area, decided to take a road trip to Florida to try their fortune. While buying some rolling papers in the Sunshine State, they learned about a Small Faces and Deep Purple concert nearby in Orlando. They showed up at the venue and brazenly declared they were ready to go on stage.  The concert organizer asked them to set up and play for him. After a couple songs, he told them they were opening for Rod Stewart and Small Faces. Before they knew it, BANG was playing with Bachman Turner Overdrive, Deep Purple, Three Dog Night, Fleetwood Mac, Ike and Tina Turner, The Doobie Brothers, and even Black Sabbath. Capitol Records signed them, and three LPs were released. Join Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, and Frankie Gilcken, as they recall their rapid rise to fame, playing with numerous Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.

Excerpts:

“Those were the days when everything was experimental,” said Karl Richardson, the engineer. “We were looking for something more reverberant. We didn’t want BANG to sound like everybody else. In those days, records were more like paintings, than photographs. The studio was a palette, and we were always thinking about art—not just taking a picture.”

“As the raucous sounds of rock band music slammed across a broad meadow on the tree-lined peninsula, hundreds of youths openly smoked marijuana and drank beer and wine. Some of the drug-sickened youths had injected directly into their bloodstreams bleach crystals they had purchased at the festival site in the belief they were amphetamines. Medical personnel were treating youths suffering drug overdoses on the average of one every five minutes. A man, about 30, stood on the platform for several hours warning fans that the ‘green and blue acid is bad—but the sugar cubes are good.’”  — account from the Erie Canal “Soda” Pop Festival

OZZY Cheesesteak anecdote …
ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 1972, BANG was back in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to play with Black Sabbath, who was in the midst of their Master of Reality Tour. Wild Turkey was to open this evening, followed by the boys from Philly.
That afternoon, the band was hanging out with Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath. They offered to introduce them to cheesesteaks, having discovered a sandwich shop in town that was attempting to replicate their favorite Philadelphia cuisine.
“I’ve never had a bloody cheesesteak,” admitted Ozzy.
And so BANG introduced the Prince of Darkness to the delicacy. After chomping on a few bites, he asked, “I have another question for you. What do the fans mean when they are making the “V” signs with their fingers? For our Churchill, it meant victory.”
“To them it means one of two things,” answered Frankie. “It either means peace or boogie.”
After that, Ozzy would often be seen on stage flashing dual V-signs to all of his audiences, as captured on the cover of their next album Vol. 4.

The BANG Story: From the Basement to the Bright Lights
Written by Lawrence Knorr, Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, and Frankie Gilcken

List Price: $19.95

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1620065827

ISBN-13: 978-1620065822

Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches

MUS035000 Music : Genres & Styles – Rock
BIO004000 Biography & Autobiography : Composers & Musicians – General
MUS019000 Music : Genres & Styles – Heavy Metal

Coming soon on Kindle

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