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Boston, United States (1985 – 1996, 2006 – present)

Extreme is an American / band consisting of singer/guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt, singer/lyricist Gary Cherone, bassist/singer Pat Badger and drummer Kevin Figueiredo. The band first formed in 1985 in Boston with then drummer Paul Geary (who later got replaced by drummer Mike Mangini) until the band decided to go on an indefinite hiatus that ended up lasting more than 10 years (1996 - 2006). The band’s influences range from the progressive hard rock and elaborate multi-vocals parts of Queen, the energy of Aerosmith and Van Halen, as well as Beatlesque pop and a Led Zeppelin organic feeling.

Consequently, Extreme’s music is never easy to classify; it’s not just heavy metal, hard rock, or pop— their albums cover all of that territory with a sweeping ambition and a social consciousness to match. Although a mostly hard rock band, it was the Everly Brothers-style acoustic ballad, “More Than Words,” that crossed them over into the mainstream — it hit number one and the follow-up single, the acoustic-based pop rocker “Hole Hearted,” hit number four.

They released two albums in the hey day of glam metal but received diminished attention from the mainstream following the explosion following the release of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” in 1991. Despite this, they released two more albums before the hiatus. Vocalist Gary Cherone went on to join Van Halen in 1997, replacing Sammy Hagar, and the group released “Van Halen III.” He left Van Halen soon after, in 1999 and formed Tribe of Judah, with fellow Extreme members Pat Badger and Mike Mangini.


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  • Vertfil

    My first rock band! I listen to them when I was 5 years old :D

    11 Apr 8:08am Reply
  • DeValanten

    Fuck the "hair-metal" clichés, Extreme as the band way beyond hairy posers such as Hanoi Rocks or Pretty Boy Floyd (by Gosh! It's even ridiculous to comparing them), as at technique or as at composing, Extreme moved on the 100 points forward. It is an undisputed A-classy stuff! So gutted that all of people know about them is "More Than Words", always wanna parry on that with the phrase this band is "More Than One Song".

    8 Feb 8:02pm Reply
  • arrypottuh

    Oh, and yes, I do like some hair metal, but the genre is beneath the mighty Extreme.

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • arrypottuh

    Fat bass, magical vocal harmonies, witty and interesting lyrics, and dat guitar. It is unfortunate that "More Than Words" became the hit when it did because that will forever link this top-shelf talent band with hair metal.

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • naturefirst

    pure perfection always !!!

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • tlukes123

    I always skipped over this band after the whole Cherone and Van Halen thing, glad I finally got around to giving them a listen!

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • naturefirst

    the finest tuning , what i listen ever before !!! III Sides to Every Story

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • hadomaru

    The more i listen to them, the more I get obsessed with them.

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • hauzzer

    They had an abundance of talent, pity that they didn't pursue more creative music.

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • naturefirst

    anyway Extreme yea Nuno rules ! (2)

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    Nuno rules!

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • storagemusic

    I always called this band the poor mans version of Queen. the songs might not have been as clever as Queen but still good,the band rocked and just like brain may Nuno kicked so mush ass.

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • slonoedov

    няшный сонг

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
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    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • PootyMunster13

    Agreed about them not being a 'one-hit' band, the biggest hit they had is actually my least favourite song by them, the rest of 'Pornograffitti', however, is amazing :)

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    I like some of their early stuff, but "More Than Words" to me is real boring.

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • dxvolt

    amazing band. better than Skid Row and Motley Crue combined

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ana-mendes

    Nuno! ♥

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • naturefirst

    yeah nuno !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Thee_Manimal

    Nuno !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
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