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Luis Cardenas

Drummer/Singer - Writer/Performer/Producer

Renegade was formed by Luis Cardenas and were unusual in being ethnic Hispanics playing rock music. Deney Terrio, host of Dance Fever introduced Renegade in what is believed to be their first national television appearance as being from "Whittier, California". Building a local following and subsequently winning a record contract, the band released the album"Rock n' Roll Crazy". The band sold well in Mexico, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom and locally in California, but did not enjoy the same level of success throughout the US as they did internationally.In the United States, the band was widely viewed as teen idols, appearing in Tiger Beat16 MagazineBOP Magazine and television programs, such as Dance Fever, which often overshadowed their musical prowess. The band was successful enough in the United States, to headline music festivals with bands such as 38 SpecialForeignerJourney and Night Ranger. Renegade toured throughout the world in their own Learjet,and was popular enough in the late 1980s to be asked by Kenny Rogers to appear on the Texas-New Mexico Border with Lionel Richie and Lee Greenwood to support Rogers' Hands Across America effort.Renegade was the Saturday night headline attraction for the Los Angeles Street Scene Festival in both 1985 and 1986, with audiences of 150,000 in attendance. In 1990, the band was featured in a 98-minute television special aired on MTV internationally, entitled "Renegade MTV Special."Cardenas reprised his original "Let It Out" drum solo during the MTV Special.The band was honored in August 2001 at a David Hasselhoff hosted event at the Conga Room, in Los Angeles.

Solo projects

Cardenas personally achieved additional fame in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and especially throughout Europe,where he participated in a TV show resulting from his having broken the world record for having the world's largest drumkit, which had previously landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records.Unlike many drummers of the 1980s, Cardenas proved his drumming ability with the band's debut live track "Let It Out" in which he performs an intricate drum solo that comprises nearly a quarter of the song, ala Led Zeppelin's "Moby Dick"or Iron Butterfly's "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida".

Cardenas however released a solo album entitled Animal Instinct, and the first single "Runaway", a cover of a Del Shannonoriginal, became a worldwide hit.This was mainly due to a video that included cameos by Del Shannon and Donny Osmond, which received heavy rotation on MTV for many weeks, and ultimately became the most added video in history,with rotation as diverse as BET. Cardenas won a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences(NARAS) Best Rock Video Grammy Nomination for his "Runaway" video and its documentary, The Making of Runaway.Further singles and unique videos followed, such as the Cardenas-penned "Hungry for Your Love",which included another video with Phyllis Diller and Cardenas's pet tiger, Bundi.

 Cardenas took time off from personal appearances between 1990 and 2000 and recorded two albums during that time that have not yet been released "Latter Reign" and "Rough Cuts". He continues writing and producing. Cardenas has produced his own music and has released "Touch of Paradise" and "GENERATIONS" on Bel-Tone Records. Luis has produced several up and coming bands such as The Melting Suns which features Zach Cardenas on drums and The BrosQuitos a young Indie Rock band from Palm Springs.