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The BANG odyssey begins in Philadelphia in August 1969, just a week or two after Woodstock. Lead guitarist Frankie Gilcken and bassist Frank Ferrara, started playing in bands together since their early teens. They were 16 years old and had recently dropped out of high school and placed an advertisement in a local newspaper for a drummer. Their ad was answered by 26 year old Tony Diorio. On the surface, the two Franks had little in common with Tony, who was not only ten years older than them but had a wife and children to support. Nevertheless, the three of them quickly gelled, and they worked hard, rehearsing and practicing endlessly.