Selected Career Excerpts


"[T]here used to be a place called Flippers Roller Disco in West Hollywood that booked bands and had a lot of industry people hanging out. I played Renegade’s demo tape for the booker, and he said, ‘great, sure, your guys are booked for next Wednesday. Got a picture? "Well, I gave him a group photo and he looks at it and says, ‘Oh. . . Latino, huh? Let me just check the book here a second. Oh, I made a mistake, we already had a booking for that night . . . sorry.’ "I said cut the jive. I know what’s happening. He finally admitted he didn’t want the spray paint and knife carriers coming in to see the group. I was truly surprised by this, especially in this so-called enlightened age. I found that another very key club owner in town had the same attitude about us. But this increased my determination to make Renegade work. If they didn’t make it, it wasn’t going to be because of discrimination.." said [Kim] Richards. He finally went to Bill Gazzarri, a longtime friend of Richards an downer of a teen dance club that helped establish "video go-go dancing" in the 60’s on the Sunset Strip. "I said Bill, you’re the only one left. I want this band booked. Bill said, ‘You can put em on every Wednesday night. This is my joint, and I do what I want with it.’" Said Richards. . . . "They [began doing] SRO business [with Renegade] every Wednesday night . . . Suddenly, that big club owner who’d turned me down contacted me about booking the band. I decided if Renegade was to play a club that turned the group down when we needed the club, the group was going to get 100 percent of the door plus 20 percent of the bar. I eventually got 100 percent of the door and 10 percent of the bar. [Photo Omitted] Performance Magazine United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Look out, Menudo! Here comes the hottest rock group from East Los Angeles, Renegade . . . about to explode on the music scene. The Mexican-American group, born and reared in the Chicano section of L.A. made even more famous by the spoof of Bruce Springsteen’s "Born in the USA" rewritten as "Born in East LA." [Photo Omitted] New York Daily News United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

RENEGADE - - Rock ‘n’ Roll Crazy!, Allied Artists AA 354AB. Producer: Kim Richards. Young LA quartet debuts with a familiar, hard guitar assault, celebrating rock itself. Billboard Recommended LP’s United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

The four young men who make up Renegade share a strange, almost mystical relationship, one so close that they can practically read each other’s thoughts! "We’re so close," says . . . [Danny] David Flores, "that when we get together to write, score and arrange music – everything seems to come together perfectly!" The four band members, [Danny] David Flores, Kenny Marquez, [Tony De La Rosa] and Luis Cardenas have such a camaraderie, it spills into the audience. "The audience wants to feel what we’re feeling," says drummer Luis, "and we try to make them part of the show." Stylistically, the band runs from heavy metal to poetic rock ballads and their songs zero in on the hopes, dreams and desires of young people. Their debut album, Rock ‘N’ Roll Crazy! has had a great response, and the band is looking forward to performing live around the world! [photo omitted] Tiger Beat Magazine United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

"We’re high on life and we’re high on each other," says Renegade’s lead singer, [Danny] David Flores. This hot new group from Southern California is already topping the charts in the U.S. and Japan, with their LP Rock ‘n’ Roll Crazy. They are (l-r): [Danny] David Flores, . . . [Tony De La Rosa] . . . Luis Cardenas and Kenny Marquez. Look out Menudo! [photo omitted] Superteen United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Renegade’s a new L.A. band that includes [Danny] David Flores, . . . [Tony De La Rosa], Luis Cardenas and Kenny Marquez. Their new song is "Rock ‘n’ Roll Crazy!" [photo omitted] BOP Magazine United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 [Renegade’s] debut album is called Rock ‘N Roll Crazy and, as you can see, this quartet is as cute as a button! The boys range in age from 17 to 21 – and you’ll be hearing lots more from them! [photo omitted] 16 Magazine United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

[Excerpts] After Catching Renegade perform . . . I might describe their music as friendly, rather than ferocious, metal. The music has a sharp edge, but there’s also a zesty and squeaky-clean element at work here. (Renegade’s bright and cheery faces have already graced the pages of 16 Magazine and Superteen.) The players are quite talented, particularly the imaginative guitarist Kenny Marquez, whose free and fancy use of his tremolo bar makes for fluid and stinging leads. . . . [photo omitted] Music Connection Magazine United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Renegade has an Allied LP produced by [Kim] Richards from which the single "Dance With Me" was culled. The single . . . went gold . . . and another Richards produced LP is almost completed. The group also enjoys some of the most extensive instrument and corporate endorsements ever accorded a young band, including Ludwig Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Pro Mark Drumsticks, B.C. Rich Guitars, Randall Amplifiers, and Nike Sportswear. They also give something back to the community, as the "spokesgroup" for the Crippled Children’s Society and Family Services. . . [photo omitted] Performance Magazine United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Los Angeles based teen sensation Renegade, who burst on the scene last year with Girls, Girls, Girls and Dance With Me are slated to headline this years’ Street Scene Festival later this month. City officials anticipate 130,000 people in attendance. The band has been touring extensively throughout the world, and will begin their second album soon. L.A. Times, Calendar Section United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

At the personal request of Kenny Rogers, the four members of Renegade - - Luis Cardenas, Kenny Marquez, Tony De La Rosa and [Danny David Flores], made a whirlwind swing through Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Texarkana yesterday to promote . . . [a charity event]. The Southern California musicians, who happen to be Latin, are popular with Hispanic teenagers throughout Texas. Police were required to restrain screaming fans as the band’s Lear Jet, adorned with their logo, screamed into Texarkana’s airport at about 1:30 p.m.. Although limousines and a police escort were on hand, band members broke from the heavy security long enough to sign autographs and mug for cameras. Texarkana resident, Suzi Goodman, told the Morning News that "they’re so nice, they tried to shake everyone’s hand, and sign everybody’s book!" After several pre-arranged appearances and one impromptu stop at the state line, they ascended the steps of their jet and roared into the afternoon sky. Renegade will join Kenny Rogers, Lionel Ritchie and Lee Greenwood at the Texas/New Mexico border [during the event]. [Photo Omitted] Dallas Morning News United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

PARDON ME WHILE I CHECK MY NOTE. I’VE GOT TO GET THIS straight. Okay, here goes. The guy who remade "Runaway" is actually a Renegade with a pet tiger named Bundi, hangs around with Donny Osmond, and is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records for owning the world’s largest drum kit. Oh, yes. His name is Luis Cardenas. . . . How did a Hispanic born in gangland Los Angeles come to cover Del Shannon? . . . He began playing drums at age 2, owned his first Ludwig set at 3, and never stopped playing or collecting them. ". . . I started taking lessons when I was 7 and played up until my freshman year in high school. That’s when I started with a band." . . . At 16, Cardenas formed Renegade, which has built a huge following among metal and hard rock fans . . . The band has released two albums on Allied Artists and also [played with] Blue Oyster Cult, 38 Special, Jefferson Starship, and ZZ Top. [Photo Omitted] Erie Morning News Erie Daily Times United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

LUIS CARDENAS is not normal. Sure, he looks the part of the average rock ‘n’ roll star: long, curly brown hair and eyes, animal print clothes… Then you remember that he keeps a full-grown tiger for a pet, holds a Guiness World Record for for the largest drum set and dances with guitar playing dinosaurs in his video. The . . . Hispanic drummer is currently making the rounds promoting his new release, "Animal Instinct." When not involved in solo projects, he can be found playing with the Los Angeles heavy metal outfit, RENEGADE. . . . Success was not immediate and RENEGADE paid its dues in L.A. clubs, overcoming problems due to the bands’ ethnic origins. "We had trouble because we were Hispanic. They thought we were gonna come into their clubs with knives and spray cans and terrorize their places. It wasn’t that way at all. RENEGADE’s local following grew and they eventually caught the ear of Allied Artists Records chairman KIM RICHARDS. The resulting album, "Rock ‘n Roll Crazy," went gold [internationally] an dled to tours with BLUE OYSTER CULT, ZZ TOP and JEFFERSON STARSHIP. . . . "After Christmas, I’m doing a tour with the MONKEES. I’ll be going to Japan and then I’ll be back in the studio doing the next RENEGADE album and a RENEGADE tour after that." . . . Whatever the new year brings, you can be certain that CARDENAS is ready. "I knew it would happen. I just didn’t know it would happen so fast!" [Photo Omitted] Tuscon Entertainment Magazine United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Shoppers couldn’t have missed [Luis] Cardenas and his dinosaur sauntering through the stores and stopping to sign autographs at Hasting’s Record Store. It was great. All the kids started following us, like in the ‘Pied Piper,’" Cardenas said later. But the true purpose of the Abilene stop was to conduct interviews with the Reporter-News and radio station KEYJ-FM on Monday. Through it all, cameras were rolling for an MTV documentary . . . For the next 20 minutes he talked, always pleasantly, about his new solo career; his years with the rock group Renegade, which he formed and still belongs to; his upcoming tour [with] the Monkees; and his love for animals. While "Runaway" (a cover version of the 1961 Del Shannon hit) featured dinosaurs, the upcoming video for "Hungry For Your Love" will co-star Cardenas’ tiger, Bundi. [Photo Omitted] Abilene Reporter-News United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Luis Cardenas is working on building a name for himself and a great deal of that construction lie in video. His first offering, a remake of the Del Shannon classic, "Runaway," has gained him a following of loyal video junkies, an obviously different core from the rock and rollers that already know Cardenas, both solo and with his band Renegade. The actual clip is outrageous; something like Ratt meets the cast of the Land Of The Lost Broadway musical. Imagine, if you will, the two figures on the opposite page whooping it up in a junk yard with several other scaly friends. "Regular" dinosaurs turn into mow-hawked, glammed-out, rock and roll dinosaurs as Cardenas jumps around, crooning over lost love and drumming up a storm. The idea to make something so different was a good one and it has worked beautifully as instant exposure. . . . Luis Cardenas will, in all likelihood, continue to make videos with an original twist. He has just completed a clip for "Hungry For Your Love" featuring, of all people, Phyllis Diller. The video age will always be with us and, considering his past accomplishments, and luckily, so will Luis Cardenas. [Photo Omitted] Only Music United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Drummer Luis Cardenas of the rock band Renegade already has a hit video, "Runaway." Now he can claim another noteworthy achievement – a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records. Workman didn’t skip a beat yesterday as they assembled the 75-piece set in time for a Guiness presentation. Later, the whole ensemble celebrated with a cake and a drumroll. New York Post United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

LUIS Cardenas is about to roar in to Britain and take us all by storm. Having made his name . . . as drummer with top rockers Renegade, Luis is now trying his hand at some solo work. His first single is a re-run of the well worn Del Shannon classic Runaway. . . . Luis is quick to point out that he’s still a committed member of Renegade but during a period of relative inactivity he had the chance to do something on his own and went for it. . . . "The rest if the guys are all quite happy with what I’m doing as they realise it’s not going to effect my position with Renegade. . . . He formed Renegade when he was 16 and the band have gone from strength to strength in the states ever since, building up a reputation as one of the best live bands around. [Photo Omitted] Northampton Chronicle & Echo England - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Los Angeles based rockers, Renegade, will reprise their top billing role at this Saturday’s Los Angeles Street Scene Festival. Drummer Luis Cardenas, fresh off the road in support of his most recent solo album, will appear with the band, quelling rumors of his departure. Norman Winter, the band’s publicity agent told the Times that Cardenas "has never even considered leaving the band, and looks forward to Saturday’s performance." . . . "Growing up in East Los Angeles, the members of Renegade regularly support community events, such as the Street Scene," said Winter. Last year’s event drew more than 150,000 spectators, making it the largest event sponsored by the City of Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Rock drummer Luis Cardenas and his manager, Kim Richards, are knocked out that the artist received a Grammy nomination for the spectacular video for his recent single, "Runaway." Cardenas’ rousing version of the Del Shannon classic is featured on his Allied Artists debut solo album, just out in the U.K. on the [Allied – U.K.] label. Billboard Magazine United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

And while its release marks a significant departure in the career of the youthful drummer / singer / songwriter, it is not, as one might surmise, his departure from the band that has absorbed his time and energy for the last five years, . . L.A.-based hard rockers . . . Renegade. Instead, [it] is a flexing of Cardenas’ more commercial muscles, a thing not often afforded a drummer and lead vocalist for a heavy metal outfit. It was Renegade that Kim Richards . . brought out of a development contract at CBS. . . They were a green, but budding group of rockers then, one which he’s been guiding since their high school days. . . . They have released two albums to date, plus a soon-to-be released (on Allied Artists Home Video) 90-minute live concert video. . . . The present day Renegade was formed by recruits from Los Angeles-area bands, brought together by Cardenas and Richards. "We played the Whiskey, we played all the Starwood . . . " Cardenas said of the band’s early L.A. club days. "we played all the local clubs, and we did some mini-tours. We have trouble getting into Flippers (the now defunct L.A. roller-disco) because we were hispanic . . . They throught we were going to come in with spray paint and knives and stuff! It was really shocking. We couldn’t believe it." The band left the club scene for greener pastures three years ago, and Cardenas now looks forward to [a] career that not only includes a solo vent for his own material, but continued writing, recording and touring with Renegade. And there have been movie offers, several of them, which Cardenas remains rather circumspect in accepting, preferring at this point to keep his focus on the music. [Photo Omitted] Cover Story Cashbox Magazine United States - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Renegade is no stranger to success plying their trade the world over with hit songs and well received tours. Their [albums are gold and platinum around the world]. Admittedly, Renegade’s appeal seems to lean in the direction of young, impressionable girls who tend to look more than listen but that in no way should subtract from the musical ability of the band members. [Photo Omitted] Happening Magazine United States
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