Iron Butterfly, Captain Beyond Guitarist Larry Reinhardt Dead at 63
Iron Butterfly/Captain Beyond guitarist Larry Reinhardt has died at age 63.
According to Reinhardt's girlfriend, the guitarist was taken off life support in accordance with his living will. Reinhardt had been dealing with complications from sclerosis of the liver.
His girlfriend added: "He had a love for music, and when he couldn’t play guitar he was depressed. His love of music was everything."
Reinhardt joined Iron Butterfly in 1969, shortly after the release of their most famous tune, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vidda," eventually playing on the band's 1970 album Metamorphosis, which peaked at No. 16 in the U.S.
In the '70s, Reinhardt teamed with original Deep Purple singer Rod Evans and Iron Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman to form the supergroup Captain Beyond, who released three albums -- Captain Beyond, Sufficiently Breathless and Dawn Explosion -- that decade.
Reinhardt -- who earned the nickname "Rhino" over the years -- toured with Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond throughout the '80s and '90s. He also formed a band called Doss-Rhino with former Classics IV member Mack Doss in the last years of his life.
His final project was to be called Rhino and the Posse, which featured members of Dickey Betts’ Great Southern. You can stream the track "Back in the Day" from the Rhino and the Posse album below.