With Scott “Wino” Weinrich guesting as an honorary frontman, Pentagram offshoot Bedemon made doom metal history by playing live for the first time ever on Friday. Formed by Pentagram members Geof O’Keefe and Randy Palmer in the early ’70s, Bedemon cut numerous demos with Bobby Liebling on vocals, and though the material was never officially released, it circulated via bootlegs. As decades passed, these recordings became the stuff of cult legend, and earlier this year Relapse Records repressed the original Child of Darkness tapes to much fanfare.
It was clearly an emotional moment for O’Keefe. He seemed on the verge of tears as he thanked the audience and the festival promoters for making this reunion happen. After all, he finally got to play the songs he wrote with dear friend Palmer, who died in 2012. Wino held his own singing Liebling’s parts, peering through a set of reading glasses at Palmer’s lyrics, printed on sheets of paper that surrounded the mic stand. It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment for all involved.