Posted in metal | music | tour dates on April 8, 2014

by Doug Moore

Bang

I joke a lot about how bands never really break up these days unless every single member dies, but it sounds less silly and more like a mundane fact all the time. Today's exhibit: Bang, a '70s-era Philadelphian hard rock band who were only initially active for a few years, and then again briefly in the early aughts. Like a lot of rock bands who got their start around 1970, their music straddles a few genre lines that were fuzzy at the time -- you can hear bits of pop, prog, hard rock, and early heavy metal in their recorded work.

The band were briefly signed to Capitol Records and managed to crank out three albums during their original run. One of those albums, their 1971 self-titled effort, sported a minor hit called "Questions," which brought them as close to the big time as they ever got -- a series of industry missteps led to their dissolution a few years later. The fact that Bang never played a NYC gig says a little about how dysfunctional the end of their career was.

But Bang are (inevitably) back together again now, and they've announced reunion shows including their first-ever NYC gig: a May 2 appearance at Saint Vitus alongside locals The Golden Grass. Original bassist Frank Ferrera and guitarist Frankie Gilcken are still in the lineup, though such long-break reunions are always a crapshoot execution-wise. Still, if you've been loving Bang for 42 years (or even, y'know, 4 years), this show is probably a no brainer.

Tickets for the Vitus show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed, with a full stream of Bang, below...

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Bang -- 2014 Tour Dates (more TBA?)
4/11 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, PA
4/18 Art Share LA Los Angeles, CA
5/2 Saint Vitus Brooklyn, NY

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Comments (6)

A 40 years old philly band that had never made it to a single gig in ny, must be amazing...

Posted by ME | April 8, 2014 4:30 PM

hey, we're gettin the band back together!

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2014 5:30 PM

Cedric from ATDI in the middle!

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2014 6:02 PM

No one in the world has EVER heard of them, but they're LEGENDARY and now THEY'RE BACK! !! You know, this Numero Group nonsense has gone too far.

Posted by snodgrass | April 8, 2014 9:46 PM

FRIDAY NIGHT WHAT?!

Have fun seeing the oldest Band ever at Vitus (do I have that right?) Pentagram was 71, Saint Vitus 78 after that ?

Posted by SabbathJeff | April 8, 2014 10:52 PM

I stake my career on this statement. If you love hard rock, rock and/or heavy metal.....BANG is for YOU. This is a band that influenced teenage Bobby Liebling and PENTAGRAM. BANG accidentally helped create the genre now known as Heavy Metal.
Do Not Miss BANG at Saint Vitus Bar on May 2nd

I do not work with this band because I think people will think I'm cool or because I expect to make money. I work with this band because I LOVE THEM and they need to be mentioned alongside PENTAGRAM, BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE, LED ZEPPELIN and the other kings and queens who fined turned hard rock until it eventually turned into metal.

You'll kick yourself in the ass if you miss this gig, TRUST ME.

Posted by Pellet | April 21, 2014 11:59 PM

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