Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor
The contemporary incarnation of the legendary rock band CAPTAIN BEYOND announce the earliest dates of an upcoming U.S. touring trek, set to start in April.
Launching in Buffalo, N.Y. on April 9th, the run will then head toward the northern midwest and then swing south before winding down in Atlanta, GA on May 5th. The road excursion follows the band’s successful 2018 North American run, while they expect further dates will be scheduled and announced soon.
Anyone that fancies themselves a fan of rock and roll, or an appreciator of music history, instantly knows the name CAPTAIN BEYOND and the band’s integral contributions to both. Formed in the early Seventies, originally as a bi-national (U.S. and UK) act, the classic era of CAPTAIN BEYOND consisted of drummer Bobby Caldwell, singer Rod Evans (ex-Deep Purple), keyboardist Lewie Gold, guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt, and bassist Lee Dorman – the latter two of Iron Butterfly fame.
Since that time, CAPTAIN BEYOND has released such monumental albums as their self-titled 1972 introduction, 1973’s ‘Sufficiently Breathless‘, and 1977’s ‘Dawn Explosion‘. The band’s line up of players intermittently changed, but over time their legacy was established by contributions of some of the finest blues-enhanced cosmic rock known to man.
There were periods of inactivity or disbandment, but in 2013, Bobby Caldwell resurrected CAPTAIN BEYOND with new blood and vigor. Setting out to share the timeless music of CAPTAIN BEYOND, Caldwell is currently joined by Simon Lind (vocals/guitar), Jeff “Count” Artabasy (bass), Don Bonzi (guitar), and Jamie Holka (guitar), and the quintet are soon hitting the road once again!
Guitarist Jamie Holka comments:
“I used to play Captain Beyond tunes in my band back in the early ’90s when grunge was in full swing. I remember researching this drummer Bobby Caldwell who co-wrote the album. I remember thinking drummers usually just play drums. Fast forward 25 years and I’m in the band. Cosmic indeed!”
Below is where you can catch CAPTAIN BEYOND, with more dates TBA…
– CAPTAIN BEYOND Tour 2019 –
Apr. 9th @ Club 861 – Buffalo, NY
Apr. 11th @ Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI
Apr. 12th @ Reggies – Chicago, IL
Apr. 13th @ Token Club – Detroit, MI
Apr. 14th @ Reggies – Chicago, IL (2nd show)
May 2nd @ Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
May 3rd @ Pour House – Raleigh, NC
May 5th @ The Earl – Atlanta, GA