Rhino Reinhardt R.I.P. 1948-2012


Guitar firepower
behind Iron Butterfly and Captain


By Fred Mills


Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt passed away Monday, Jan. 2, at the
age of 63. No cause of death has been announced, although a report in the Sarasota Patch indicates that he had
entered a Florida
hospital with an infection and later was moved to intensive care.


The Florida-based guitarist initially came to fame in the
early ‘70s when he joined psychedelic legends Iron Butterfly and subsequently
formed Captain Beyond (pictured, below; he’s on the far right) which lasted into the latter portion of
that decade. Earlier, prior to the Butterfly stint, he had performed in a
pre-Allman Brothers Band outfit, The Second Coming, which featured Dicky Betts
and Berry Oakley. In more recent years he had performed solo as well as taking
part in various Iron Butterfly and Captain
Beyond reunions. In 2011 he released an album as Rhino & the Posse.


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