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Last Days Here
Last Days Here
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Last Days Here is a documentary depicting the fall and rise of Bobby Liebling of Pentagram. The documentary details his chance at a major label deal in the 70s and tolling in obscurity due to unstable behavior and especially addiction. It details the work of a fan/manager (Pelletier) helping Bobby to overcome addiction and getting back to performing again.

BackgroundEdit

SynopsisEdit

The documentary begins with Liebling rummaging through a collection of vintage clothing and talking about wearing the clothes for performances, saving them for when he got big and to follow with the statement "But I never did".

It cuts to suburban Philadelphia with a fan (and later manager) Sean "Pellet" Pelletier describing first finding Relentless before a mutual fan via a label exposing him to the 70s era of Pentagram (This would lead to his involvement with Liebling and the band beginning in 2000, specifically the First Daze Here compilations). Cue 2007 and Bobby smoking crack in the sub-basement and putting on 2005 demos, reminiscing about rock n' roll and addiction. Pellet speaks with Bobby about negotiating with Housecore Records (Run by Phil Anselmo) about putting out a new album at the time with the surviving members of the original lineup. Geof O' Keefe and Greg Mayne mention the story of KISS visiting the band and a failed demo session with Murray Krugman in New York via Colombia Records. Liebling's parents talk about his upbringing and his father mentions his tenure as a Secretary of Defense before his concerns with Liebling's health, mental and physical.

A few months later, change is sparked in Liebling's life when he finds newfound love in a girlfriend named Hallie, leading to him moving out of his parents' sub-basement and working actively with musicians again. Meanwhile, Pellet heads to California to meet with Geof O' Keefe and negotiate interest in the new Pentagram record, along with sifting through numerous archived Pentagram material from the 1970s and detailing on the friendship between Liebling and O'Keefe. Liebling's relationship falls apart and a relapse is hinted as they meet with Jimmy Bower and Phil Anselmo to negotiate the contract with Housecore. Pellet visits Liebling again shortly to find he has relapsed and later is incarcerated.

Bobby moves back to Maryland and to Pellet's surprise, he's getting focused on making music again, eventually finding a group of musicians in the Maryland scene. Two shows are booked and previous members mention failed reunions in 2001 and 2005. However these two shows end up happening as documented with footage of the initial return set at Webster Hall in New York City. Later it's shown that Bobby and Hallie got back together, get married and would have a child together.

ProductionEdit

Co-director Fenton first became familiar with Liebling after listening to Pentagram's 1970s recordings on cassette tape and the 2001 compilation First Daze Here, and enjoying the early Pentagram material. He heard rumors about Liebling, including living in his parents' basement and ingesting illegal drugs. When Fenton and Argott began filming Liebling, they were not sure if a documentary could result. Fenton said, "It really seemed like he was going to smoke himself to death in his parents' basement, something we weren't interested in documenting." When Liebling attempted to recover from his lifestyle, the directors saw potential for a documentary.

The directors filmed hundreds of hours of footage from 2006 - 2010 with very little budgeting. Fenton said about addressing the swift changes in Liebling's life, "Many times we had to finesse the rapid shifts in Bobby’s life so the viewer wouldn’t be left confused." He said that Liebling had shown multiple sides of himself, which the directors tried to balance for their documentary.[1]

Last Days Here premiered at South by Southwest on March 14, 2011. In the following month, Sundance Selects acquired the rights to distribute Last Days Here in North America. It distributed the documentary in theaters and through its video on demand platform. It was released commercially on July 31, 2012 in DVD format.

AftermathEdit

Pentagram since managed to tour all over the United States and Europe since the 2009 shows, their first real tours in the bands extensive existence. Eventually, the "Last Rites" lineup would shift entirely and former guitarist Victor Griffin would get back in the band with Liebling, eventually leading to two more studio albums (Last Rites in 2011 and Curious Volume in 2015).

Songs Used in the FilmEdit

  • All Your Sins (Griffin / Liebling)
  • Forever My Queen (Liebling)
  • Last Days Here (Liebling / O'Keefe)
  • Review Your Choice (Liebling / Mayne)
  • Earth Flight (Liebling)
  • Take Me Away (O'Keefe)
  • Yes I Do (Liebling)
  • Walk In The Blue Light (Liebling)
  • Lazy Lady (Liebling / O'Keefe)
  • Catwalk (Liebling)
  • Livin' in a Ram's Head (Liebling)
  • Taken No More (Isom)
  • Fac 21 (Stars of the Lid)
  • Ballad of Distances Pt. 1 (Stars of the Lid)
  • Priestess (Don Argott)
  • Missing Teeth (Don Argott)
  • Last Days (Don Argott)
  • Last Call (Mike Matthews; performed by Bedemon)
  • Far Light (Rachel Grimes)
  • Cycles #1 (Rachel Grimes)
  • Controlled By Lunar Forces (Argott, Demian Fenton, Sean-Paul Fenton)
  • Headed for an Unmarked Grave (Argott, Fenton)

PersonnelEdit

StarringEdit

Other Notable AppearancesEdit

NOTE: While notably featured are friends and family related to the band, this is a list of musicians that appear in the film.

Technical PersonnelEdit

  • Dan Argott - Director, Camera
  • Demian Fenton - Director, Editor, Camera
  • Sheena M. Joyce - Producer
  • Pentagram - Music
  • Stars of the Lid - Music
  • Rachel Grimes - Music

External LinksEdit

Last Days Here Official Trailer - HD Movie (2012)02:22

Last Days Here Official Trailer - HD Movie (2012)

"Last Days Here" - The Fall and Rise of Bobby Liebling - uncut teaser trailer06:19

"Last Days Here" - The Fall and Rise of Bobby Liebling - uncut teaser trailer

ReferencesEdit

  1. Filmmaker MagazineAccessed 29 June 2016
V·T·E Pentagram
Current Members Bobby LieblingVictor GriffinGreg TurleyPete Campbell
Past Members Vincent McAllisterGreg MayneGeof O'Keefe • Steve Martin • John Jennings • Randy Palmer • Marty Iverson • Rick Marinari • John Ossea • Joe HasselvanderMartin Swaney • Richard Kueht • Paul Trowbridge • Vance Bockis • Stuart Rose • Ted Feldman • Jon Cook • Gary Isom • Ned Meloni • Greg Reeder • Dale Russell • Walter White • Kelly CarmichaelAdam HeinzmannMike SmailKayt Vigil • Mark Ammen • Russ Strahan • Johnny "Wretched" Koutsioukis • Albert Born • Tim Tomaselli • Matt Goldsborough • Sean Saley
Studio Albums Relentless (1985) • Day of Reckoning (1987) • Be Forewarned (1994) • Review Your Choices (1999) • Sub-Basement (2001) • Show Em' How (2004) • Last Rites (2011) • Curious Volume (2015)
Compilations Human Hurricane (1998) • First Daze Here: The Vintage Collection (2002) • First Daze Here Too (2006)
Live Albums & Videos A Keg Full of Dynamite (2003) • Live Rites (2011) • When The Screams Come (2011) • Last Days Here (2011) • All Your Sins (2015) • Show Em' How (2004) • Last Rites (2011) • Curious Volume (2015)
Death Row Death Is Alive: 1981 - 1985 (2000) • Death Row Reunion 2000 (2001) • Alive In Death (2009)
Bedemon Child of Darkness (2005) • Symphony of Shadows (2012)
Associated Bands and Artists Death RowPlace of SkullsInternal VoidBlue CheerBedemonUnorthodoxWretchedThe Skull

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