Last Days Here premieres in Los Angeles to Sell-out Crowd as Geof O’Keefe and Bobby Liebling Reunite On-stage During Q&A Session; View the YouTube Clip!
This past Friday March 23rd, 2012 saw the West Coast premiere of the documentary Last Days Here (originally titled The Fall and Rise of Bobby Liebling). The film is an often brutal, unflinching look at Liebling and the chaos that he brings to those around him, from his parents to many of the members of the various PENTAGRAM line-ups to his current and former managers. Presented in a somewhat Behind the Music-style approach, it chronicles his downward spiral into drugs and borderline psychosis before finally getting his life back on track with the help of friends, current manager Sean “Pellet” Pelletier and girlfriend/now his wife Hallie. A number of classic PENTAGRAM songs are featured in the film, as well as a BEDEMON classic from the 70s, Mike Matthews’ own “Last Call” from the Child of Darkness album. A recent comment from someone who viewed the movie was, “It is possibly the most disturbing film I’ve ever seen.” High praise indeed!
Last Days Here had prior successful openings earlier in March in New York and Philadelphia, and the L.A. event was no exception. The show was totally sold out, with additional chairs needed to accommodate the crowd. The film was warmly received and following the conclusion, an on-stage Q&A session took place, hosted by Cinefamily’s John Wyatt and Last Days Here co-director Don Argott and producer Sheena Joyce. They then subsequently introduced a very lucid and healthy-looking Bobby Liebling and his beautiful wife Hallie, and engaged in a discussion about the movie, PENTAGRAM’s current and future plans and so on.
At about fifteen minutes into the thirty-one minute session, an audience member asked if they were aware a former drummer was in the house, and Geof O’Keefe was unexpectedly introduced to thunderous applause, with Bobby and the director asking him to join them for the remainder of the Q&A. While on stage, an audience member asked Geof about the status of the BEDEMON album and a rumored PENTAGRAM book. O’Keefe confirmed that BEDEMON’s Symphony of Shadows is being released by the Finnish label Svart in the U.S. and Europe with a tentative late May/early June target date. Additionally Geof is in the early planning stages with longtime friend and PENTAGRAM photographer Cameron Davidson to release a coffee-table style book of Davidson’s 70s era photographs of the band with O’Keefe supplying the text of chronology and history, along with anecdotes from those days.
Following the interviews was a fantastic after-party held on the patio behind the theater, with drinks, music, autographs and hundreds of photos taken.
The West Hollywood Patch website covered the event in a two-minute produced entertainment/news style piece done by Tracy Pattin: http://westhollywood.patch.com/blog_posts/video-last-days-here-playing-at-silent-movie-theatre
Last Days Here is currently showing on cable on the Independent Film Channel’s IFC OnDemand channel. An eventual DVD with bonus footage is also in the works.