Captain Beyond

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Captain Beyond
Origin Los Angeles, California
Years active1971–73, 1973,
1976–78, 1998–2003,
Labels Purple Pyramid Records, a division of Cleopatra Records, [1] Capricorn, Warner Bros.
Associated acts Iron Butterfly
Members Bobby Caldwell
Jeff Artabasy
Don Bonzi
Jamie Holka
Simon Lind
Past members Lee Dorman
Rod Evans
Lewie Gold
Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt
Guille Garcia
Brian Glascock
Reese Wynans
Marty Rodriguez
Jason Cahoon
Willy Daffern
Dan Frye
Jimi Interval
Steve Petrey
Allen Carmen
Jeff "Boday" Christensen

Captain Beyond is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971. [2]



The original line-up for Captain Beyond were singer Rod Evans (ex-Deep Purple), drummer Bobby Caldwell (ex-Johnny Winter), guitarist Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt (ex-Iron Butterfly), and bassist Lee Dorman (ex-Iron Butterfly), [2] as well as keyboardist Lewie Gold. Gold left due to personal reasons before the first album was recorded. The remaining line-up recorded the self-titled debut album, released in 1972. Following this album Caldwell left the band to join Derringer and was replaced by drummer Brian Glascock. [3] Also joining the band around this time were Reese Wynans on keyboards and Guille Garcia on congas. The record company's chosen producer, Giorgio Gomelsky, did not like Glascock's drumming and requested a new drummer. [3] Glascock was released and Marty Rodriguez was brought in on drums on the recommendation of Garcia. [3] This six man lineup recorded the group's second album, Sufficiently Breathless . Tension during the recording led to Evans quitting, and the band consequently. [3] The original lineup reformed later in 1973 for a US tour but the band split up at the end of the year, with Rod Evans retiring from the music business completely. [3]

Rod Evans English singer

Roderic Evans is an English former singer. In the late 1960s he began his professional career in The Maze, formerly MI5, after which he was a member of the original Deep Purple line-up who produced three studio albums with a more progressive and pop-driven sound. After recording a solo single, he was a member of the original Captain Beyond line-up, who produced two studio albums. After a legal struggle with Deep Purple in 1980, Evans turned reclusive and disappeared from public life.

Deep Purple English rock band

Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. The band is considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, have been referred to as the "unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-seventies". They were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as "the globe's loudest band" for a 1972 concert at London's Rainbow Theatre, and have sold over 100 million copies of their albums worldwide.

Bobby Caldwell is a drummer, songwriter, producer and arranger who co-founded the rock bands Captain Beyond and Armageddon during the early 1970s. Prior to these projects he played on seminal Johnny Winter albums such as Live Johnny Winter And and Saints and Sinners. Caldwell was also the drummer on Rick Derringer's All American Boy, which produced the classic-rock radio staple "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" and played with John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton.

Lee Dorman in Chmelnice club in Prague, in 2010 Iron Butterfly Chmelnice 7 October 2010 - Lee Dorman.JPG
Lee Dorman in Chmelnice club in Prague, in 2010

The band reformed in 1976 Caldwell, Dorman, and Rhino, being joined first by Jason Cahoon and later with Willy Daffern as vocalist. They recorded the band's third album Dawn Explosion on Warner Bros., but broke up in 1978.

<i>Dawn Explosion</i> 1977 studio album by Captain Beyond

Dawn Explosion, the third and final album by Captain Beyond, was released in 1977. The band had broken up four years before, but Warner Bros. Records signed a deal with the band's original label, Capricorn Records, and contacted the band members asking them to reunite. Because original singer Rod Evans could not be contacted, Captain Beyond held auditions and picked Willy Daffern to replace him. The drummer position was taken by original member Bobby Caldwell rather than his successor Marty Rodriguez.

Caldwell and Rhino reformed Captain Beyond in 1998 with Jimi Interval on vocals, Dan Frye on keyboards, and Jeff Artabasy on bass. [2] In 1999, Swedish record label Record Heaven released a tribute to Captain Beyond entitled Thousand Days of Yesterday. The album features fellow 1970s rockers Pentagram playing "Dancing Madly Backwards". In 2000 they released a four track EP entitled Night Train Calling. Shortly thereafter they were joined briefly by guitarist Steve Petrey.

Pentagram (band) American heavy metal band

Pentagram is an American heavy metal band from Alexandria, Virginia, most famous as one of the pioneers of heavy metal, and the subgenre of doom metal in particular. The band was prolific in the underground scene of the 1970s, producing many demos and rehearsal tapes, but did not release a full-length album until reforming in the early 1980s with an almost completely new lineup. Throughout the band's history the only constant member has been vocalist Bobby Liebling. The revolving lineup of Pentagram has featured many well respected musicians in the local doom metal scene, with members spending time in other acts such as Raven, the Obsessed, Place of Skulls, Internal Void, Spirit Caravan, among many others. The band's current lineup consists of Liebling (vocals), Matt Goldsborough (guitar), Greg Turley (bass) and "Minnesota" Pete Campbell (drums).

Captain Beyond once again disbanded in 2003 when lead guitarist Larry Reinhardt developed cancer. Following treatment, Reinhardt continued to perform music until late 2011, when he again fell ill. He died on January 2, 2012. [4] Bassist Lee Dorman died on December 21, 2012. [5] Rod Evans has stayed reclusive from performing, partly due to legal troubles from his original Deep Purple bandmates, and his current residence is still unknown. [6]

Caldwell resurrected the band in 2013, with a lineup consisting of Don Bonzi, Jeff "Boday" Christensen, and Jamie Holka, bassist Allen Carmen, and guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Simon Lind. In 2015 Carmen and Christensen departed the band and Artabasy returned as bassist. [7] [8] The reformed group began touring in 2015. [9]




  • Rod Evans - lead vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitars
  • Lee Dorman - bass, backing vocals, piano
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, backing vocals, percussion, piano
  • Rod Evans - vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitars
  • Lee Dorman - bass
  • Reese Wynans - keyboards
  • Brian Glascock - drums
  • Guille Garcia - percussion
  • Rod Evans - lead vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitars
  • Lee Dorman - bass
  • Reese Wynans - keyboards
  • Guille Garcia - percussion
  • Marty Rodriguez - drums, backing vocals


  • Rod Evans - vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitars
  • Lee Dorman - bass
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitars
  • Lee Dorman - bass
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
  • Jason Cahoon - vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitars
  • Lee Dorman - bass, backing vocals, synthesizer
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, backing vocals, percussion
  • Willy Daffern - lead vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitars
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, lead vocals, percussion
  • Jeff Artabasy - bass, backing vocals, percussion
  • Dan Frye - keyboards
  • Jimi Interval - lead vocals
  • Night Train Calling (2000)
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitar
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
  • Jeff Artabasy - bass
  • Dan Frye - keyboards
  • Jimi Interval - vocals
  • Steve Petrey - guitar
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitar
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
  • Jeff Artabasy - bass
  • Dan Frye - keyboards
  • Jimi Interval - vocals
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
  • Don Bonzi - guitar
  • Allen Carmen - bass
  • Jeff "Boday" Christensen - guitar
  • Jamie Holka - guitar
  • Simon Lind - guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
  • Don Bonzi - guitar
  • Jamie Holka - guitar
  • Simon Lind - guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Jeff Artabasy - bass


Captain Beyond


Studio albums



  • Night Train Calling (2000)

Live releases


Covers and tribute releases

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