“Remorseful and Rehabilitated” Bobby Liebling Returns to Pentagram; New Tour Dates Announced
When we last heard from Pentagram in October of 2017, they were touring without vocalist Bobby Liebling, who had recently plead guilty to Abuse/Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult-Custodian — specifically, his mother, Diane Liebling, who was 87-years-old at the time. Bobby was consequently sentenced to eighteen months in prison, minus time already served following his initial arrest in May of that year, as well as three years probation.
Those of you who are proficient at arithmetic may note that this means it’s just about time for Bobby to get out of jail, an occasion the singer will celebrate by re-joining Pentagram for a tour starting in March. Of course, it remains to be seen whether or not fans will turn out to see Liebling. An announcement for the trek refers to the frontman, who turned 65 last month, as “remorseful and rehabilitated.” But abusing one’s octogenarian mother may still be a bit much for some to swallow.
Meanwhile, on-again-off-again guitarist Victor Griffin has now been replaced by Matt Goldsborough, who has toured with the band a few times before but never written or recorded with them. It’s not clear if Griffin’s departure and Liebling’s return are in any way connected.
Dates and cities have been announced, although not, somewhat oddly, venues. In any case, here is the itinerary as it currently stands:
03/14 Cincinnati, OH
03/15 Chattanooga, TN
03/16 Nashville, TN
03/17 Atlanta, GA
03/19 Dallas, TX
03/20 Austin, TX
03/21 Houston, TX
03/22 Little Rock, AR
03/23 New Orleans, LA
03/24 Memphis, TN