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David Nov-18-2007 8:14 AM

Luis Carlos Maldonado
For those of you who have had a chance to listen to GLENN's latest voice message over at his MySpace page, you would of heard him make reference to a guitar player that will be joining the ranks for the upcoming recording sessions for the next solo record, by the name of Luis Carlos Maldonado.

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, he is a gifted guitar player having grown up in a musical family, playing guitar since he was 7 and studying it since he was 12. He attended classical guitar master classes at the University of Arizona and later graduated from College in CA. with 5 different certificates in recording, recording production, live sound, midi, keyboards, and engineering. All before the age of 21.

Although he has had a heavy latin and jazz background from an early age, rock is also a stable in his musical bag of tricks and so some of the bands that have had a huge influence on his playing style include Automatic Man, Isley Brothers, Argent, Sly and the Family Stone, Heart, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Terry Reid, Lucifers Friend, Free, The Nazz, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Stray Dog, The Faces and The Sweet to name just a few!!

He has quite a resume/CV:

He has recorded and toured with Pat Monahan (Train), Anna Nalick, John Waite (Baby's, Bad English), Tremolo, Michael Schenker, UFO, Holly Palmer, Tim Alexander (Primus), Buck Johnson Band and many more. He has collaborated with producers Patrick Leonard (Madonna, Jeff Beck), Charlie Midnight (James Brown, Hillary Duff), Jamie Houston (Macy Grey, Jessica Simpson), Steve Fontano (Santana) and many others. Luis currently plays guitar for recording artists Fata Morgana, Emma Burgess, Arie Shine, Pat Monahan, Glenn Hughes, Anna Nalick and Cindy Alexander.

Luis is also completing work on a soon-to-be-released album of his own.

Meantime, you can find his full discography and lots of other info about him at his web site, plus he has a couple of different MySpace pages.

Can't wait to hear his contributions to the new GLENN solo record :thumbsup:

captmidnite1962 Nov-18-2007 11:31 AM

On the keys and guitar.....
Hey David,

I remember Luis; he filled Paul Raymond's spot when UFO toured behind the last couple of Michael Schenker era UFO albums. I will have to do some digging to learn more about him....Thank you for the links!

Just more great music to look forward to! :thumbsup: :cool:

Paul Nov-20-2007 11:38 PM

Look forward to hearing him, especially on the new album. It's always good to have some new blood :thumbsup:

David Nov-24-2007 8:41 AM

Here are a couple of examples of Luis playing guitar :cool: and singing too :D

First acoustically :guitaristperforming his original song "My Only Crime" at The Living Room, in the lower East Side of New York City on September 20, 2007.

YouTube Video

Secondly, electric :guitarmetas part of a recent demo for Rivera Amps, highlighting all styles of rock :cool:

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

Rock on :thumbsup:

David Dec-09-2007 9:30 AM

Luis is also involved in a side project by the name of Fata Morgana - based in Arizona - their latest release is mixed by none other than Ralph Patlan - you may remember San Francisco native, Ralph, from the 1997 Tommy Bolin Tribute weekend in Denver, Colorado, where he played guitar for GLENN during the 2-night headline gigs.

Small world, eh :cool:

Tony Takano Dec-09-2007 3:24 PM

Another great talent. What a beautiful song !!

David Dec-12-2007 6:11 PM

Here's GLENN, Chad and Luis - Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 at
The Swinghouse Rehearsal and Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA.

Picture Courtesy: J Cakes

tony g Dec-13-2007 4:43 PM

this guy has a good sound-looking forward to hearing him on the new cd :thumbsup:

Stormbringer74 Dec-14-2007 2:51 AM

thank you for the photo david !! :thumbsup: can't wait this new GH album !! :bouncer: :bouncer: :bouncer:

David Feb-24-2008 2:48 PM

Here's another very cool clip of Luis, featured in an endorsement demo, for Rivera's 'Venus' amps. Roll on F U N K, eh :cool:
YouTube Video

YouTube Video

Paul Feb-27-2008 12:20 PM

Luis just impresses the hell out of me, looking forward to hearing him on the new album :thumbsup:

Just counting the days :bouncer:

David Apr-05-2008 11:48 AM

Here's Luis playing with some classic guitars :cool:

Gretsch Pro-Jet, Trussart Steelcaster and a Gibson X-plorer
YouTube Video

An original '66 Fender Strat, '66 Tele and a '55 Les Paul Jr.
YouTube Video

A real '59 Les Paul, a '91-'59 reissue and a Gibson 335
YouTube Video

purplemusic Apr-05-2008 12:07 PM

thanks for the post david; some very cool stuff.


David Apr-11-2008 9:54 AM

Here's another featuring Luis - this time using a Gibson Korina Flying V, Jackson V, PRS CE double cut 10 top,
and Paul Reed Smith Single cut :cool:
YouTube Video

David Jun-28-2008 8:16 PM

Here's Luis a few days ago during his regular gig with Pat Monahan of 'Train' fame,
in Petaluma, California at the Sonoma-Marin Fair :cool:

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YouTube Video

YouTube Video

Stormbringer74 Jul-02-2008 4:06 AM

great videos !! thank you david !! :thumbsup:

David Sep-09-2008 7:32 AM

Luis Carlos Maldonado
In case you missed them via the YouTube link ;)
here are a few more cool clips of Luis, featured in endorsement demos, for Rivera's amps :cool:
YouTube Video

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

Stormbringer74 Sep-10-2008 3:23 AM

thank you. funny to see that Luis during solo part using only two fingers...

David Sep-22-2008 8:03 PM

Here's another featuring Luis demoing a new amp from Rivera, he's playing a customized Gibson Les Paul :cool:

YouTube Video

David Dec-16-2008 7:28 AM

As mentioned here, Luis will be promoting his own band's ("Into The Presence") new album in 2009.

In that regard, if you live in the L.A. area, be sure and head down to The Roxy (Hollywood) every Friday night throughout the month of January, as he'll be there playing with Into The Presence. They plan on having their debut album released very soon, with a bunch of Stateside shows to support it.

Look forward to hearing more and will certainly let you know when I do :thumbsup:

Into The Presence are actually a two man band with guests featured on bass and cello!

Here's their bio...


Drummer Tim Alexander (Primus, A Perfect Circle) and guitar player/vocalist Luis Maldonado (Pat Monahan, Glenn Hughes, John Waite, UFO, Anna Nalick, Emma Burgess) wanted to make a recording that could be performed live without any compromises. They desired to capture the warmth and depth of a record that enters the books not for a song or two, but as a free-standing work of art that embraces the quickly dying idea of an "album". Luis and Tim brought in bass player Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Entrance), and cellist Ana Lenchantin (Trent Reznor, Papa M, The Eels, Brian Wilson, Sparkle Horse, Gnarls Barkley) to add their amazing talents to create the sound of Into The Presence. They have just completed their self-produced, self-titled debut in true analog, relying on tape machines and vintage outboard gear instead of computers. The performances embodied are full-take performances where the word "comp" meant nothing more than chords being played. Anything digital was forbidden from entering the signal path -- from tracking throughout mastering -- a classic approach Tim and Luis took very seriously from the onset. The albums they referenced while recording spell out a who's who in the pages of mega-rock history: Queen's A Night at the Opera, Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, AC/DC's For Those About to Rock, Jeff Buckley's Grace, Peter Gabriel's Security, and Black Sabbath's Masters of Reality to name a few. Live performances pay tribute to the musicianship of these artists in a fresh and engaging way. The songs are highly accessible, yet deceptively complex as the layers are peeled away. Always at the forefront are Luis' incredible vocals and haunting sense of melody. Luis was accepted as a child prodigy at the age of twelve into the University of Arizona where he was constantly surrounded by adults in master classes, allowing him to master his instrument and develop his voice at a very early age. Tim Alexander's own recorded legacy is highly revered, his rhythms being a regular topic of discussion amongst drum blogs and publications. Drum magazine flat out declared him one of "the most influential drummers of all-time." The group's individual histories encompass diverse experience in music performance, from classical competition to extensive rock touring, recording, and writing. Their collective trials, loves, desires and influences have been united on Into the Presence in the sole spirit of making great rock music that will be sought after and explored with passion.

chrisloeb Dec-17-2008 2:43 PM

Sounds great! :thumbsup:
One more for the list...


David Jan-29-2009 2:50 PM

Luis' band has added another new date in LA for tomorrow night! Their debut album is due next month, plus a video, along with lots of touring plans.

wolfysmith Feb-13-2009 1:24 PM

somehow i missed the post about Luis band!

some great tracks playing on their Myspace page

got "Lovers" playing on my page right now

purplemusic Feb-14-2009 2:34 PM

I just sent my friend request here as well. it sure is a lot easier to make friends now-a-days ;)

David Feb-21-2009 9:36 PM

Here's a couple of live tracks from some recent gigs from Luis and his band, Into The Presence.

Live at "On The Rox", Los Angeles - January 2009
YouTube Video

Live at "Bottom of the Hill", San Francisco - December 2008
YouTube Video

David Mar-08-2009 8:31 PM

Luis on tour with INTO THE PRESENCE 2009
Luis and his band, Into The Presence, have announced the first batch of their US tour dates. Be sure and go along to check'em out, if they're playing in a city near you :cool:

March 20th - 9:00PM - THE BELMONT at SXSW - Austin, Texas
March 21st - 5:00PM - THE BELMONT at SXSW - Austin, Texas

April 4th - 7:30PM - CLUB NOKIA (opening for PUSCIFER) - Los Angeles, California
April 6th - 9:00PM - Velvet Lounge - N.W. Washington, Washington DC
April 7th - 9:00PM - Manhattan Room - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 8th - 9:00PM - Pianos - New York, New York
April 13th - 9:00PM - Velvet Lounge - N.W. Washington, Washington DC
April 14th - 9:00PM - Manhattan Room - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 15th - 9:00PM - Pianos - New York, New York

April 20th - 9:00PM - Velvet Lounge - N.W. Washington, Washington DC
April 21st - 9:00PM - Manhattan Room - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 22nd - 9:00PM - Pianos - New York, New York
April 27th - 9:00PM - Velvet Lounge - N.W. Washington, Washington DC
April 28th - 9:00PM - Manhattan Room - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
April 29th - 9:00PM - Pianos - New York, New York

tony g Mar-09-2009 4:05 PM

they will be announcing more david?

David Mar-09-2009 5:09 PM


Originally Posted by tony g (Post 37909)
they will be announcing more david?

Hope so; will let you know if I hear anything further.

captmidnite1962 Mar-09-2009 5:43 PM

Very cool...
I see that I have multiple opportunities to see Luis and his band here in let me make that happen!

I note with some amusement that Luis is credited with being "Ex-UFO". I have to wonder what the guitar interplay onstage between Luis and Michael Schenker must have been like.

Enough of the past...forward into the future!!

tony g Mar-10-2009 4:27 PM

thanks david

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