This is a site about the U.S. sixties "super" group RHINOCEROS.
Signed to ELEKTRA, the group made three albums: Rhinoceros (1968), Satin Chickens (1969) and Better Times Are Coming (1970)
After your visit to this site, please check out the visitors book
The visitors book is now fixed (Nov 2013)
" The music of Rhinoceros has a groove and feel that makes it some of
the greatest stuff ever recorded... The interaction among the group is
magical... I listen to this stuff today and it's just as fresh and
inspiring to me as it was 30 years ago when I first heard it."
from the visitors book
Rhinoceros, featuring original members John Finley, Alan Gerber, Danny Weis,
Michael Fonfara and Peter Hodgson, with Mike Sloski (drums) and Bernie
LaBarge (guitar), played at the Kitchener Blues Festival in Ontario on 7 August 2009.
|Rhinoceros at the Kitchener Blues Festival 2009 - Picture by Stefan Myles - Fandy Photography
Left to right: Michael Fonfara, John Finley, Danny Weis, Peter Hodgson,
Mike Sloski (hidden), Alan Gerber, Bernie LaBarge
The band played on the festival's main stage on King Street, in
downtown Kitchener, Ontario, coming on stage at about 9:15
p.m. to a warm welcome by several thousand people who became increasingly
enthusiastic and ecstatic in many cases over the course of the hour plus
(about 75-minutes) performance. The
performance closed the Friday night portion of the annual festival.
Rhinoceros delighted long-time fans with its startling re-creation of the original songs as arranged and performed on their three albums (1968-70). Singers John Finley and Alan Gerber sounded virtually the same August 7 as they did in the late sixties, and guitarists Danny Weis and Bernie LaBarge exchanged almost as many grins as funky guitar licks. Among the many highlights was an instrumental extension of the song Top of the Ladder, taking it where the album version only hints before it fades out. On stage August 7, the band took that song into an instrumental groove that showed off the band's locomotive-like rhythmic power better than anything recorded on the albums. Other songs ended with the same fierce precision as the album versions.
When You Say You're Sorry
You're My Girl
I've Been There
Along Comes Tomorrow
I Will Serenade You
It's the Same Thing
Top of the Ladder
That Time of the Year
I Need Love
Many thanks to Bob Langmaid
Other reviews and comments can be found on the visitors book
Rhinoceros on Video!!!
Maybe the only video clip that exists of the original Rhinoceros, download it or watch the streaming version. To view this video you will need Real Player
You can now watch this video on You Tube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N_Hqe5NFl8
The John Finley Interview
John talks about Rhinoceros, his early days with The Checkmates and recent projects.
Rhinoceros Live Dates
An attempt to list all of the shows that Rhinoceros played.
If you saw the band live, maybe you can help.
The Rhinoceros Story
A full and extensively researched history of the band.
...This is a 'must read' for any visitor to this site.
Article in Hullabaloo Magazine
Bradley Siegal's introduction to Rhinoceros from 1969.
Group, solo and session work, a discography of all Rhinoceros members
Also on this site...
The Alan Gerber Interview
An interview with the original Rhinoceros vocalist and 'boogie man'.
The Danny Weis Interview
Our Interview with one of the world's greatest guitarists.
The John Haeny Interview
The Rhinoceros recording engineer talks about the development and
recording of the first album and his involvement with Rhinoceros.
Jon & Lee & The Checkmates
The group that was the forerunner of Rhinoceros.
The Daily Flash
An article and history of Seattle's first alternative rock band.
Details and MP3 samples from the Rhinoceros albums
Media Articles and Interviews:
Danny Weis - The Blitz Interview
An interview with Danny Weis in 1980 by John Mars.
Rhinoceros - Hit Parader Interview
An article and interview with the band by Ellen Sander from March 1969.
Rhinoceros in UK Rock Magazine Mojo.
The Rhinoceros feature from the February 2001 issue of the UK magazine Mojo.
The Rhinoceros Site...
The Visitors Book
With over 200 entries, including some fantastic stories about the band.
...and don't forget to sign it before you leave!
Other Rhino related links.
||The first album was re-issued on CD by Collectors Choice in 2002. The CD booklet has a brief history of the band by Matthew Greenwald, with quotes from lead singer John Finley, and is available online, by mail order and from some record stores.
Collectors Choice have now released a 'two on one' CD re-issue of the second and third albums; Satin Chickens and Better Times Are Coming
The package has excellent liner notes by Matthew Greenwald, with quotes from John Finley, Alan Gerber and Danny Weis about the albums.
Reformed and working regularly together again in and around Toronto, Canada, the Checkmates are; Michael Fonfara (Hammond B-3 organ/vocals), Larry Leishman (guitar/vocals), Mike Sloski (drums), John Finley (lead vocals) and Peter Hodgson (Fender bass).
John Mars has been catching up with the band and has posted the latest news, including details about their first album recording on his site:
A review of the Checkmates' recent activities and some current pictures.
Nick Warburton's article about Jon & Lee & The Checkmates, is here.
Photo of John Finley at the Southside Shuffle Festival at Port Credit, Ontario by John Mars (2005)
Former Rhinoceros singer/instrumentalist Alan Gerber has released his sixth solo album 'Blue Tube'.
The album has a roots music feel with styles ranging from blues/folk to R&B funk/ gospel with some great new songs. Alan's distinctive vocals have never sounded better.
Danny Weis has released his first solo album on Marshmellow records. It's a great mix of Funk and Jazz with an excellent supporting cast of some of Canada's finest players, including Michael Fonfara from Rhinoceros.
The guitar playing is fantastic as you would expect... this album is highly recommended!