Pentagram touring with Bobby Liebling again, following sentencing for abuse
Influential doom band Pentagram had been touring without original frontman Bobby Liebling after Liebling was sentenced to 18 months in prison for assault and physical abuse of a “vulnerable adult family member,” who turned out to be his 87-year-old mother Diane. Liebling’s sentence is over, and he now plans to tour with the band again, who say he is “remorseful and rehabilitated.”
The current band only includes members who joined relatively recently, and not longtime guitarist Victor Griffin who took over on vocal duties when Liebling was gone. It’s not explicitly clear why Griffin is sitting this tour out, and the band is already facing some backlash for touring without Griffin and for touring with Liebling following the abuse conviction.
Dates and cities are announced for the tour, but not venues. You can see the full list below, alongside the band’s full statement.
Everything’s turning to night….
Doom metal patriarchs PENTAGRAM take the stage in 10 American cities this March 2019.
Remorseful and rehabilitated, legendary frontman and co-founder Bobby Liebling returns for a string of live performances. Greg Turley, longtime bass player and “Ram Family” member by blood, will appear alongside Liebling, drummer “Minnesota Pete” Campbell and the reemergence of Philadelphia’s electric axeman Matthew Goldsborough (Pentagram, ex-The Skull).
Experience a high volume delivery of their revered hard rock & doom metal classics that cover their near half-century career. This relentless setlist is sure to shine a blue light on Liebling’s pioneering “First Daze” favorites.
Handpicked support acts BROTHER DEGE, a NOLA soul who’s been called the “haunted enigma of 21st century delta blues” and Memphis’ hard rolling, blues-rocked power trio DIRTY STREETS complete this exceptional bill.
Pentagram — 2019 Tour Dates
14th – Cincinnati, OH
15th – Chattanooga, TN
16th – Nashville, TN
17th – Atlanta, GA
19th – Dallas, TX
20th – Austin, TX
21st – Houston, TX
22nd – Little Rock, AR
23rd – New Orleans, LA
24th – Memphis, TN