It all started when four Boston-bred kids joined forces in the late 80s to form Extreme. With an original new sound and groundbreaking records, the foursome was immediately recognized as innovators in the world of rock & roll. The band has described their music as “Funky Metal” in the early days, but it would evolve much more in the mid-90s by blending classic rock influences with post-grunge and alternative rock.
Extreme’s popularity is fueled by guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt’s signature style, Gary Cherone’s resonant vocals and socially conscious lyrics, Pat Badger’s rock solid bass, and the hard hitting Kevin Figueiredo on drums. Their unwavering songcraft and diverse musical approaches earned the band multi-platinum albums with chart topping hits and sold-out tours all over the globe.
The self-titled, Extreme, was the band’s first studio album and was released in 1989. It produced four singles: “Little Girls”, “Kid Ego”, “Mutha (Don’t Wanna Go To School Today)” and “Play with Me” which years later would introduce Extreme to an entire new generation of fans with its inclusion in the popular video game Guitar Hero. The record foreshadowed the extraordinary technical guitar-playing prowess of Portuguese-born guitarist Nuno Bettencourt.
Based on the enthusiasm of the rock aficionados and diehard fans that have followed the band since its self-titled debut, Extreme has continually toured the world, showcasing material from their illustrious career. The band achieved their greatest success with their 1990 album Pornograffitti, which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard 200, and was certified multi-platinum. But it was the the acoustic ballad single “More Than Words”, that reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the United States landing Extreme their first #1 hit song. The subsequent single, “Hole Hearted”, another acoustic track, was also successful, rising to #4 on the same popular music chart. “Decadence Dance” and “Get the Funk Out” were also released as singles both reaching the lower half of Billboard’s rock chart and becoming fan favorites.
“As much as we enjoy recording, for me, I’ve always loved playing live for the fans,” Cherone says. “We can’t wait to get out there and play our music live.”
Nuno explains. “We always look forward to getting out on tour, putting on a show. That’s really where the band shines.”
To date, the Grammy-nominated EXTREME have released six albums, plus a greatest hits set and a recent live DVD—selling over 10 million records worldwide.