As I Lay Dying’s Memphis, TN Show Cancelled Following Public Outcry

As I Lay Dying’s April 5 show at Growlers in Memphis, TN has been cancelled due to backlash stemming from Tim Lambesis’ criminal past. The frontman infamously tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013 and was released from prison in December 2016. The venue will now be hosting a local benefit concert for victims of domestic violence on that night instead. On top of this, they have also decided to cancel Pentagram’s March 24 show, due to Bobby Liebling going to prison in 2017 for assaulting his elderly mother.

Growlers commented:

“Memphis, TN – After hearing the combined voice of disheartened friends, local bands, and patrons, locally owned concert venue and bar, Growlers, has cancelled their scheduled show with As I Lay Dying, previously set for April 5th, and will replace it with a local show to benefit victims of domestic violence. Growlers has also canceled a show with the band Pentagram, previously set for March 24th.

In 2014, Tim Lambesis, singer of metal band As I Lay Dying, was sentenced to up to six years in prison after being convicted of hiring someone to kill his wife. While the plot never unfolded, Lambesis spent the next two years of his life incarcerated. Just a couple of years later, and he’s back on stage, but with a remorseful attitude.

From Lambesis, “I stand against who I became in my past… People who support AILD are not supporting the person I once was, because part of my life’s work is to undo the hurt I’ve caused. I will never be able to undo my greatest mistake, but I believe it’s better to do something rather than give up. AILD collectively condemns all forms of domestic abuse and violence. Our mission is to continually seek and implement ways to facilitate positive, meaningful change in the world around us.”

However, not everyone was ready to give Lambesis a second chance, and Growlers has created controversy in Memphis for booking his band in Memphis.

“While we believe in the justice system and the ability for rehabilitation, we are against domestic violence and will always listen to those that have gone through the pain that it has caused. Since As I Lay Dying returned to performing we’d had several requests to bring them to Memphis, despite the singer’s past.

When the show was first announced, hundreds of people bought tickets right away. However, we’ve since heard the input of several people in the local community that we have the utmost respect for, and we want them to know that their voices are heard. Growler’s vehemently denounces all forms of physical and mental domestic abuse, and we’ll be replacing the As I Lay Dying show with a benefit show featuring all local bands. 100% of the proceeds will go to helping local victims of domestic abuse.”

As a locally owned small business, supporting our community is the single most important thing to us. In this instance, we’ve heard the community loud and clear, and we are going to do everything we can to ensure that we continue forward in providing an enjoyable entertaining environment that all of our patrons feel comfortable in. And to the people who’s comments were erased we sincerely apologize, just know we stand with you.”

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Pentagram To Be Rejoined By Bobby Liebling On March Tour

Pentagram have announced a March tour with Brother Dege and Dirty Streets. This will be their first run with Bobby Liebling since he was sentenced to 18 months at the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, MD in 2017 for physical abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult-custodian.

The group commented:

“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.”

Tour Dates:

03/14 Cincinnati, OH – Northside Yacht Club
03/15 Chattanooga, TN – Music Box Ziggys
03/16 Nashville, TN – Little Harpeth Brewing
03/17 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
03/19 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
03/20 Austin, TX – Come And Take It
03/21 Houston, TX – The Studio at Warehouse Live
03/22 Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room
03/23 New Orleans, LA – The Howlin Wolf
03/24 St. Louis, MO – Fubar

Ghoul Team Up With Ill Bill For New Split 7″

Ghoul have teamed up with rapper Ill Bill for a new split 7″, which is set to be released on May 11. The effort, which can be streamed below, will include Ghoul‘s “Splatterthrash 2: Thrash Damage“ and Ill Bill‘s “Pentagram” feat. Goretex. Ghoul commented:

“Ghoul is disgusted to announce our split with the dynamic duo of Ill Bill and Goretex! Your ears will hear but your mind will not survive the molten metal and hardcore hip hop served raw on wax by Tankcrimes and Uncle Howie Records! Go forth and ill!”

Ill Bill added:

“Ghoul is one of the few great bands that are next level enough to have birthed this idea in the first place. They saw the potential fun in putting out a record like this and then actually took it from just another sick idea to making it a reality. I’d say the mutual admiration and vibes is why the record came about and why this split speaks the same language even though both genres are very different.”

Pentagram’s Greg Turley Comments On Bobby Liebling Prison Sentence

It was previously revealed that Pentagram’s Bobby Liebling is serving 18 months in Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, MD for physical abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult-custodian. Now the band’s bassist, Greg Turley, has commented on the situation.

Turley said the following:

“2015 and 2016 were the busiest years ever for Pentagram. New album and a full tour cycle kept us busier than ever and taking us to places we’ve never been and playing bigger shows than I ever imagined. November 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden I knew something was ending, I just didn’t know what…. Dealing with Bobby and his reoccurring demons was bringing us all down.

Same story from the past, I know. Honestly, I thought Bobby would end up dying before we played another show. Turns out, he didn’t die, just went off the rails (drug induced) and ended up assaulting his mom. Pretty much the worst thing someone could do in my opinion. He assaults the one and only person that has always taking up for him? Wow! Just horrible.

He’s now serving time in prison. Looks like he’ll be there for the next 12-18 months. That’s a lot of time to reflect on bad decisions and bad habits.

The last six months have been quite a ride, continuing on without Bobby was an easy decision. Fans, investments and commitments all needed to be satisfied so we marched on. The positive support we received, especially from those who have attended the live shows has been truly amazing. Sucks to be put in this situation but we’ve made the best of it and exceeded even our own expectations.

Don’t know exactly what the future holds BUT the music of Pentagram is much larger than the individuals. Just look at the list of people that have been involved!!! Not only have I had the opportunity to be a part, I’m also one of the biggest fans. I mean, I truly never get burned out on these songs, from Forever My Queen to the last note on Curious Volume. I love them all…

The “Bobby IS Pentagram” argument baffles me. There is and has always been a great team behind Bobby steering this whole ship and moving things forward, so there is definitely light beyond this. Sorry to disappoint everyone who thinks Bobby steers the ship… I’ve been fortunate to be the constant for the last 8 years and involved since 1993.

There still is an inner drive to move forward and bring the music to whoever will listen. I would love to have Bobby at the front of the stage more than you know, but by his own actions/mistakes, he’s removed himself.

I’ve been to visit Bobby and keep in regular contact with him. He seems to understand that he “messed up”. Now, he’s got some time to clean up, work out his demons and try to make things right.

What’s next for us? I look to keep moving forward…Thanks for reading and THANKS for your support.”

Pentagram’s Bobby Liebling Sentenced To Prison For Physical Abuse & Neglect Of A Vulnerable Adult-Custodian

Back in May, Pentagram’s Bobby Liebling was arrested for first-degree assault and one count of physical abuse of a “vulnerable adult,” as well as two counts of abuse against a “vulnerable adult.” Now, he is serving 18 months in Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, MD, after taking a plea bargain. The first-degree assault charge was dropped, but he is serving time for physical abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult-custodian.

[via Metal Sucks]

Pentagram’s Bobby Liebling Is Being Held In A “Detention Facility”

Pentagram have announced that they will be heading out their European tour without Bobby Liebling, due to him being in a “detention center.” This news comes after the band previously performed without him due to his “personal actions.” According to records from the District Court Of Maryland, Liebling was arrested for first-degree assault and one count of physical abuse of a “vulnerable adult,” as well as two counts of abuse against a “vulnerable adult.”

Pentagram issued the following statement:

“As was the case for the recently completed US shows, vocalist Bobby Liebling will not appear with Pentagram for previously booked European dates this summer.

To elaborate, Bobby called on April 17 saying he had been admitted to the hospital. He called again on April 19, this time after being transferred to a Maryland detention facility. He’s now awaiting a preliminary hearing at which time it will be determined if a follow-up on any alleged charges are necessary. An update will be published when information is available. The band will be fulfilling all currently booked appearances with 36-year mainstay guitarist Victor Griffin performing all vocals.

A PERSONAL NOTE FROM THE BAND

The outpouring of support on our recent US dates was outstanding! Your energy was matched ten-fold and encouraged us to carry on and deliver what many have called, even by skeptics, some of the best Pentagram performances they’ve seen. Thank you!

We have the best fans in the world and if not for you, the legacy of this band would have died long ago. We won’t let you down now. The music lives on and as we move forward, we reiterate the lyrics of “Curious Volume“:

“In this venture death waits in the shadows, but in survival the volume won’t die!”

Sincerely,
Victor, Greg, & Pete“

Mastodon Added To 2017 Psycho Las Vegas

Mastodon have been added to the 2017 Psycho Las Vegas festival, which is set to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on August 18-20. Check out the updated lineup: Ace Frehley, Black Anvil, Blood Ceremony, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Buzzov*en, Carcass, Celeste, Chelsea Wolfe, Cirith Ungol, Cloud Catcher, Code Orange, Conan, Corrosion Of Conformity, Cough, Cult Leader, Cult Of Luna With Julie Christmas, Diamondhead, Domkraft, Earthless, Elephant Tree (Aka Flights), Eternal Tapestry, Fister, Floorian, Gatecreeper, GEQ, Gojira, Gost, Graf Orlock, Heavy Temple, Hollow Leg, Inter Arma, Khemmis, King Diamond (performing “Abigail“), Laura Pleasants & Special Guests, Magma, Manilla Road, Mastodon, Merlin, Minsk, Morne, Mothership, Mouth Of The Architect, Mulatu Astatke, Murder City Devils, Mustard Gas & Roses, Myrkur, Neurosis, North, Oathbreaker, Pelican, Pentagram, Psychic T, The Rods, Ruby The Hatchet, Sasquatch, Saturndust (AKA Flights), Sleep, Slo Burn, Slomatics, Snail, Sons Of Otis, Sumac, Summoner, Swans, The Skull, Toke, Urchin, Usnea, Vhol, Weedeater, Windhand, Wizard Rifle, Wolves In The Throne Room, Yawning Man, Year Of The Cobra, Youngblood Supercult, and Zeal & Ardor.