Captain Beyond was beyond a doubt one of the most influential, yet underrated, hard rock bands of the wild and wooly ’70s. They were amongst the heaviest of the heavy when it came to their music during that era.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by drummer Bobby Caldwell, the British/American quartet was among the first “super-groups” of that era. Count latter day bands like Metallica and the Foo Fighters as big fans of the band.
Their self-titled debut album, released in 1972 and featuring amazing 3D cover art (artwork WAY ahead of its time and now a very in-demand, collectable album) became an instant classic. They mixed in elements of jazz, blues, ’60s psychedelia, metal and even a Latin music sensibility to create an original and heavy hard rock sound that has never been duplicated, before or since.
The band, featuring several lineup changes, recorded two more well-received albums before calling it quits in 1978.
But now the band is back with Caldwell, who is also an immensely talented songwriter, arranger and producer (he was principally involved with the intricate, inventive arrangements and songwriting on the first album), as the lone original member. (Evans is retired from the music biz and, sadly, Dorman and Rhino have passed on).
Bobby has put together an amazing new lineup that is carrying on the band’s great legacy and is now back on the road touring. The band will be making an appearance in Raleigh, North Carolina on August 18, 2017 at The Pour House Music Hall and we want you to go enjoy the show and meet the band! We are giving a pair of tickets to the show and meet and greet passes to one lucky winner for you and a guest. How do you win? Well, it’s pretty easy, but there are a couple of steps involved. The first step is to follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter. The second step is to comment on this article that you want to enter the contest. Two simple steps is all it takes to win the tickets and meet/greet passes. We will be drawing a winner on Friday, August 11, 2017 which is one week before the show. We will do a drawing of all the people who enter and then we will post the winner’s name that evening. I hope we get a lot of entries and good luck to everyone!
The History Of Captain Beyond
Captain Beyond was formed from the ashes of Deep Purple, Johnny Winter And, and the Iron Butterfly. The line-up consisted of Rod Evans, vocals; Bobby Caldwell, drums-vocals; Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt, guitar; and bassist Lee Dorman. In the beginning there were five members with keyboardist Lewie Gold who left some months later for personal reasons before the first album was recorded. After hearing the bands demo, long-time friends Duane and Gregg Allman introduced Captain Beyond to the late Phil Walden and Capricorn Records.
After the release of the first album Captain Beyond and a most successful launch at the Montreaux Jazz and Pop Festival followed by a relentless touring schedule (with Alice Cooper, The Allman Brothers, Black Sabbath and many others,) Bobby left for a short time during the recording of the second album called Sufficiently Breathless. He then returned and Captain Beyond set out once again on a new round of touring with the likes of King Crimson, Trapeze, ZZ Top, etc. In the mid-seventies lead singer Rod Evans decided to leave music and was replaced with Willie Daffern on vocals. The band then signed with Warner Bros. and recorded the album Dawn Explosion. After further touring and management changes Captain Beyond in 1978 went on hiatus.
In 2000, Rhino and Bobby decided to reform Captain Beyond which included Jeff Artabasy who is a current member, and recorded a four-track EP. Unfortunately, this line-up was short lived as Larry Reinhardt was having health problems and it was decided to not continue. In addition, a tribute album to Captain Beyond’s music was recorded by some of Scandinavia’s best musicians titled A Thousand Days of Yesterdays. In January of 2012, Larry Reinhardt passed on , followed by Captain Beyond’s original bassist Lee Dorman some nine months later. Rod Evans has been involved in the medical field and is not currently involved in music.
Bobby Caldwell has resurrected the new Captain Beyond with the intention of recording some new master works, and bringing the historic music back to their many fans! The current line-up in addition to Bobby “Fire” Caldwell and Jeff “The Count” Artabasy, Simon Lind, and Don Bonzi. Touring has begun in 2015, and they are looking forward to meeting everyone!