Captain Beyond

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Captain Beyond
Captain Beyond Photo 2015 .jpg
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres progressive rock
Years active 1971–73, 1976–78, 1998–2003, 2013-present
Labels Capricorn Records Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts Iron Butterfly
Armageddon Johnny Winter And Rick Derringer The Yardbirds
Members Bobby Caldwell Jeff Christensen Don Bonzi Simon Lind Jeff Artabasy (Musician/Manager Markie Z - Mark Andrew Zwartynski)
Past members Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt
Lee Dorman
Rod Evans
Bobby Caldwell
Lewie Gold
Guille Garcia
Reese Wynans
Brian Glascock
Marty Rodriguez
Jason Cahoon
Willy Daffern
Jeff Artabasy
Dan Frye
Jimi Interval
Steve Petrey

Captain Beyond is an American progressive rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1971.[1] The band continued on through many stages. Essentially, Bobby Caldwell - founder - kept the band alive through many years striving to produce very syncopated rhythms adding thought provoking lyrics to each song. Original singer Rod Evans met with the band and decided to leave the music business altogether after a very successful career with Deep Purple and Captain Beyond. After the departure of Evans the band enlisted various singers and Caldwell exiting to form Armageddon with Keith Relf the original lead singer of The Yardbirds. The band produced several albums and went on a back and forth hiatus finaling coming to a stop due to the deaths of Larry "Rhino" Rhinehart and Lee Dorman. After Caldwell's various stints with Armageddon, Johnny Winter And and Rick Derringer he reformed Captain Beyond.


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),[1] as well as keyboardist Lewie Gold.[citation needed] 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.[2] 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.[2] Glascock was released and Marty Rodriguez was brought in on drums on the recommendation of Garcia.[2] This six man lineup recorded the group's second album, Sufficiently Breathless. Tension during the recording led to Evans quitting.[2] 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.[2]

Lee Dorman in Chmelnice club in Prague, in 2010

The band reformed in 1976 with Willy Daffern on vocals, and Bobby Caldwell, Rhino and Lee Dorman completing the line-up. They recorded the band's third album Dawn Explosion on Warner Bros., but broke up in 1978.

Reinhardt and Caldwell reformed Captain Beyond in 1998 with Jimi Interval on vocals, Steve Petrey on guitar, Dan Frye on keyboards, and Jeff Artabasy on bass.[1] Since then they have been performing at shows and have released a four track EP.

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".

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.[3] Bassist Lee Dorman died on December 21, 2012.[4] 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.[5][unreliable source?]

In partnership with Business Developer/Author/Musician/Songwriter/Producer Mark Andrew Zwartynski (Markie Z), Bobby Caldwell has resurrected the band is recording and performing today.



  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitar (1971–1973, 1973, 1976–1978, 1998–2003; died 2012)
  • Lee Dorman - bass (1971–1973, 1973, 1976–1978; died 2012)
  • Rod Evans - vocals (1971–1973, 1973)
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion (1971–1973, 1973, 1976–1978, 1998–2003)
  • Lewie Gold - keyboards (1971)
  • Guille Garcia - percussion (1973)
  • Reese Wynans - keyboards (1973)
  • Brian Glascock - drums (1973)
  • Marty Rodriguez - drums (1973)
  • Jason Cahoon - vocals (1976)
  • Willy Daffern - vocals (1976–1977)
  • Jeff Artabasy - bass (1998–2003)
  • Dan Frye - keyboards (1998–2003)
  • Jimi Interval - vocals (1998–2003)
  • Steve Petrey - guitar (2000–2001)


1971 1971–1973 1973 1973
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
  • Lee Dorman - bass
  • Rod Evans - vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitar
  • Lee Dorman - bass
  • Rod Evans - vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitar
  • Guille Garcia - percussion
  • Brian Glascock - drums
  • Reese Wynans - keyboards
  • Lee Dorman - bass
  • Rod Evans - vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitar
  • Guille Garcia - percussion
  • Reese Wynans - keyboards
  • Marty Rodriguez - drums
1973 1973 1973–1976 1976


  • Lee Dorman - bass
  • Rod Evans - vocals
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitar
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion


  • Lee Dorman - bass
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitar
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
  • Jason Cahoon - vocals
1976–1978 1978–1998 1998–2003
  • Lee Dorman - bass
  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitar
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
  • Willy Daffern - vocals


  • Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt - guitar
  • Bobby Caldwell - drums, percussion
  • Steve Petrey - guitar
  • Jeff Artabasy - bass
  • Dan Frye - keyboards
  • Jimi Interval - vocals



Studio releases
Live releases
Covers and tribute releases
  • Thousand Days of Yesterdays (1999)
  • In 1985 US Hi-NRG outfit The Flirts released a single entitled "Dancing Madly Backwards" (Germany #46, US Dance #47).[12] Although musically and lyrically totally different, its chorus is lifted directly from "Dancing Madly Backwards (On a Sea of Air)" off Captain Beyonds first album.[13]


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