The End of Iron Butterfly? Guitarist Charlie Marinkovich Resigns
The recently dormant Iron Butterfly might finally be grounded for good. In announcing his own departure, guitarist Charlie Marinkovich all but confirmed the end of the group most famous for ‘In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida.’
That would serve as a capstone on a run of terrible news of late, beginning with the death last year of guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt from liver disease. Long-time bassist Lee Dorman also died in 2012. Since then drummer Ron Bushy, who executed that career-making drum solo on the side-length live version of ‘In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida,’ has been battling his own heart problems.
In confirming his own departure, Marinkovich — who has been with Iron Butterfly since 2002 — implied that Bushy won’t be returning, either.
“For me personally, Iron Butterfly was a blessing in my life but everything comes to an end and this is no exception, at least for me,” Marinkovich said, in an update on the band’s official site. “Personally, I’m not sure exactly where my life journey will take me now, but one day soon I hope to see you all again with guitar in hand.”
Though the band continued to tour, Iron Butterfly hadn’t issued a new studio effort since 1975’s ‘Sun and Steel.’ Their most recent release was 2011’s ‘Fillmore East,’ featuring concert material from 1968. ‘In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida’ (featuring Bushy, Dorman, guitarist Erik Brann and vocalist Doug Ingle) would reach No. 4 on the Billboard album charts in ’68, eventually selling some four million copies. Reinhardt joined in time for 1970’s ‘Metamorphosis.’