Thursday, November 29, 2007

Reunion of the Week: Extreme!

Our friends Nuno Bettencourt and Gary Cherone have announced that they will be getting back together for not only a show, but at least one album because (in Nuno's words) "there is a massive shortage of rock and roll on this planet. It’s almost extinct. I mean the true spirit of quality rock and roll — you know, Musicianship..."

I'm excited by this, largely because I'm hoping for something better than their fourth album which was a real downer. And also because they weren't just a party band. I was always excited about the way they struggled with the questions of faith and spirituality on record. I wonder if the many years of maturing (or perhaps lack thereof) will show up at all on the new album. Here's hoping so, both musically and lyrically.


  1. HOLY CRAP!!!! That's GREAT!

    I've really liked Nuno's "solo" stuff in the 13 years since (Mourning Widows, Dramagods) Didn't hear much of Gary's except the the mega disappointing Van Halen III.

    Wasn't it just 3 or 4 years ago when VH1 tried to get them back together and Nuno flat out refused to even go on camera and talk about it? Guess that's what happens after you put out a sub par album with Perry Farrell, you go back home again.

    And the 4th album really grew on me, and is probably the one I listen to the most now (even though III Sides is their best overall album).

  2. Funny, I was just listening to Dramagods and thinking that it would be great to have Extreme back together. They have such a messed up legacy. Most noted for one of their weakest songs and considered by the Chart following crowd as a one hit wonder. And yet, III Sides is a fantastic album. Waiting for the Punchline worked sort of, but was their weakest and not the one to go out on. Glad to know that failing with Perry can do what VH1 could not.