Last Days Here

| August 1, 2012

Bobby Liebling is probably not a name you’re familiar with.  He was the lead singer for a band called Pentagram in the 70s and has been working for the past 30 plus years to give his band the break they deserve.  And not in vain.  Pentagram has a distinct cult following of utter fanatics, who love their music on the scale of a religious experience.  Sean Pelletier claims that his entire life was changed by a Pentagram demo CD, and it was his love of the band that inspired him to seek out Bobby Liebling and establish himself not only as the band’s manager but as one of Bobby’s only friends.  As a drug addict, the aging rocker has managed to alienate himself from almost everybody in his life, except for his parents, whom he lives with.

The drug addiction really establishes Bobby as a typical rocker cliché, and it makes it that much more difficult to get into the film in the beginning, but it isn’t long before the viewer is rewarded for sticking with it.  Bobby is a fascinating character.  Watching him just move or talk after decades of drug use is interesting, because you start to wonder how he’s still alive.  He literally has open wounds all over his body from where he scratches at himself, convinced there are parasites living inside of him that he needs to clean out periodically.

Most of the documentary centers around Bobby trying to get Pentagram together to do a concert and a new album, but it’s not so much Bobby trying as Pellet, who is the ultimate Pentagram fanboy and dying to see this band perform one last time.  Probably the most interesting part of all this to me was the stories about the last two times Pentagram tried to perform in front of an audience.  Once, Pentagram was set to perform in a club for hundreds of people, but Liebling didn’t show up.  So, the irate guitar player for the band at the time chastised him in front of the audience and gave the front row the microphone stating it was Pentagram karaoke night.  When Bobby finally did show up, at the very end of the last song, he was ostracized by the band.

The high points and low points of Bobby’s career and personality make Last Days Here a very interesting documentary to watch.  It has a lot of great interviews with his friends and family, as well as various dramatic reenactments of key points on Pentagram’s history.  Definitely worth checking out.

Special Features include some deleted scenes and a trailer for the film.

Available on DVD from MPI Media Group on July 31.

About the Author:

Joe Ketchum Joe Sanders is a podcaster, playwright, and college instructor in Kalamazoo, MI. He has a master's degree in playwriting and a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Western Michigan University, where he currently teaches thought and writing, and is the host of the Quote Unquote Guilty podcast, part of the Word Salad Network.
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