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Extreme

Formed: 1988
From: Pelhrimov, Czech Republic
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Extreme News

Below is our complete Extreme news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Steel Panther Album To Include Dane Cook

The legends of the Sunset Strip, Steel Panther, are getting ready to release their sophomore album "Balls Out" via Universal Republic Records. The album will be released on November 1st and will continue the raucous tradition of the band’s 2009 debut, "Feel The Steel" (reviewed here). The album features cameos by Dane Cook on the album opener “In The Future” and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and Extreme axeman Nuno Bettencourt show up on “It Won’t Suck Itself.”

"Balls Out" was produced by Grammy nominated producer/mixer Jay Ruston who produced the band’s "Feel The Steel" debut and is known for his work with Anthrax, Meatloaf, The Donnas and Morrissey to name a few. The first single “17 Girls In A Row” will be hitting the radio over the next few weeks.

The track listing is as follows:

1. In The Future
2. Supersonic Sex Machine
3. Just Like Tiger Woods
4. 17 Girls In A Row
5. If You Really Really Love Me
6. It Won’t Suck Itself
7. Tomorrow Night
8. Why Can’t You Trust Me
9. That’s What Girls Are For
10. Gold Digging Whore
11. I Like Drugs
12. Critter
13. Let Me Come In
14. Weenie Ride

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Extreme Comments On Japanese Disaster

American hard rock act Extreme has posted the following statement online in repsonse to the recent disasters taking place in Japan.

"We are painfully shocked and devastated from the earthquake/tsunami disaster that has rocked your beautiful and precious country. The images we are seeing are heartbreaking. We hope that each and every one of you are OK and that your friends and loved ones are safe. Extreme has always considered Japan our home away from home and we will remain united in support during this difficult tragedy."

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Extreme Posts "King Of The Ladies" Video

Boston rockers Extreme have posted a music video online for the song "King of the Ladies" through Noisecreep. "King of the Ladies" is off their "Saudades De Rock" album and the upcoming "Take Us Alive" live DVD. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Extreme Reveals New Live CD/DVD Album Details

Extreme is releasing their "Take Us Alive" live CD and DVD on Frontiers Records April 23rd in Europe and May 4th in the U.S. In 2008, following a 13 year hiatus, the band returned to the stage for their "Take Us Alive" world tour, which encompassed 75 cities and multiple continents in support of their new record, "Saudades de Rock."

The performance was recorded on the last night of their tour at the House of Blues August 8, 2009 in Extreme’s hometown of Boston, MA . “We wanted to do something really special for our hometown fans that were there for us since the beginning… the club days,” states guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. “It was the last night of the tour and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by bringing it back to where it all started… Boston.”

The concert showcases material from all five Extreme albums and the DVD will contain 4 unreleased bonus videos from their latest record "Saudades de Rock." Videos include the songs “King of the Ladies," “Interface," “Run,” and “Ghost.” The videos were produced by Nuno Bettencourt. “This DVD/CD is a culmination of all the years we played together and the chemistry the four of us put out live,” explains Bettencourt.

The concert track listing is as follows: Decadence Dance, Comfortably Dumb, Rest in Peace, It ('s a Monster), Star, Tell me Something I Don’t Know, Medley - Kid Ego - Little Girls -Teachers Pet, Play With Me, Midnight Express, More Than Words, Ghost, Cupid’s Dead, Take us Alive, Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee, Get the Funk Out, Am I Ever Gonna Change, Hole Hearted.

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Extreme Films Live DVD In Boston

VAN HALEN News Desk reports:

On August 8th, Extreme wrapped up their Summer 2009 tour at the House Of Blues in Boston. The band was in perfect form, ripping it up for the hometown crowd (over 200 family and friends were on the guest list!). Their incredible two-hour-plus set closed with a blazing rendition of Van Halen’s 'Mean Street' (see video below). The show was filmed for an in-concert DVD that Gary Cherone tells us will be released later this year. More...

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Ratt And Extreme Announces Tour Dates

Ratt and Extreme will be teaming up for a co-headlining tour across North America this summer. Ratt has announced that they will be performing their album, "Out Of The Cellar" in its entirety to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the record. They will be recording a new album shortly, while Extreme recently released their first album of original material in thirteen years.

The tour dates are as follows:

July 10 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma **
July 12 - Amarillo, TX - Midnight Rodeo
July 13 - San Antonio, TX - Scout Bar
July 14 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
July 16 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater
July 17 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
July 18 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock
July 19 - Anaheim, CA - Grove
July 22 - Denver, CO - Ogdon Theater
July 23 - Kansas City - Crossroads
July 24 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
July 25 - Toledo OH - Harley Davidson-LOT **
July 26 - Cheswick, PA - Ches-a-rena
July 28 - New York, NY - Nokia Theater
July 30 - Westbury, NY - Westbury Theater
August 2 - Allentown, PA - Crock Rock Festival
August 5 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx ***
August 6 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
August 7 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
August 8 - Clearfield, PA - ClearfieldCountyFairgrounds **
August 15 - Sky City, NM - Sky City Casino **
August 29 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Casino **

** - Ratt only
*** - Extreme only

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Twisted Sister To Headline Maryland M3 Rock Fest

Maryland's M3 Rock Festival will be taking place on Saturday May 30th at Columbia, Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion. Headling the event will be heavy metal legends Twisted Sister as well as boasting performances from Extreme, Ratt, Dokken and L.A. Guns amongst others. Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday.

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Extreme Issues End Of Year Update

Boston based hard rock act Extreme has issued the following update:

Well well well...... Now that we are home. Back in the U.S. of A. I noticed... with a little help from a birdie outside my window... 2 things. 1. We have a new president. And 2. That I didn't let our beloved fans in America... know how much they rocked! I apologize. To be honest, the idea of doing live shows and blogging after the run was completely alien to me... as in Extreme's early days we never had that option. And it was only suggested to me by our trusty manager at the end of our UK leg, while we were in London, that I should start letting the fans know what we were feeling. So therefore it was quite a bit of time after the US run so I kinda missed out. But I really wanna share with you my thoughts on the US leg.

You guys here on our home turf had the biggest and most important affect on this band. Why? Well this was indeed the first time in 13 years that we were together and out on the road playing... for our old fans? New fans? Will anyone show up? Will they still give a shit about us? We had no idea. No matter how confident we were about our new CD… or how cocky we were about our live potential as performers and musicians, deep down we were... ok I'll say it… a bit scared. I mean this our home. This is where it all started for us. So... it was gonna be up to you to let us know and give us… the no bullshit -barometer -first impression -stamp of approval or disapproval. More...

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Extreme Announces More European Dates

Reunited American rockers Extreme has announced additional dates to their upcoming tour of Europe.

The tour schedule is now as follows:

September
13 – Milan, Italy - Rock of Ages Festival

October
29 – Lisbon, Portugal - Coliseum
31 – Madrid, Spain - La Riviera

November
1 – Bilbao, Spain - Rockstar
3 – Tilburg, Netherlands - O13
4 – Paris, France - Elysee Montmatre
5 – Köln, Germany - Essigfabrik
8 – Dublin, Ireland - Academy
9 – Belfast, Ireland - Airbrake
11 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange
12 - Norwich, UK - Norwich UEA
14 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Academy
15 - Glasgow, UK - Glasgow Carling Academy
17 - Newcastle, UK - Newcastle City Hall
18 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy
20 - Newport, UK - Newport Centre
21 - Southampton, UK - Guildhall
23 - Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Carling Academy
24 - London, UK - Astoria

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Extreme Enters U.K. Album Charts

Reunited rockers Extreme have entered the U.K. national album charts at #80 this week with their comeback album "Saudades De Rock." You can view their new video for the albums first single "Comfortably Dumb" below. More...

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Extreme Announces U.K. Tour Dates

Reunited rockers Extreme have lined up a tour of the United Kingdom for November scheduled to kick off in Cambridge. You can see the full U.K. schedule at the bottom of the page.

The band will be releasing their first studio album in thirteen years this year entitled "Saudades de Rock" which will be released on August 1st in Europe and August 13th in the States. More...

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Extreme Posts New Song Online

Extreme have posted a brand new song entitled "Comfortably Dumb" online at Ultimate-Guitar.com. You can listen to it by clicking here.

The song comes off the bands forthcoming album "Saudades De Rock" which is the bands first studio album in thirteen years and will be released August 13th.

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Extreme Vocalist Gary Cherone Posts Album Update

EXTREME singer Gary Cherone checks in with the following update:

"EXTREME FANS HAVE SPOKEN!

And you are right! I apologize to you. Extreme have the most loyal and patient fans on the planet and you deserve an update every once in a while from the band. Is that too much to ask? OK enough with the groveling.

The record is finished except for one lead vocal and a few backgrounds. Nuno (Bettencourt) is working overtime finishing up the mixes, and believe the hype!

These are the best performances of the band... ever!

You're gonna hear everything you expect from Extreme, and everything you don't!

The release of the record will ultimately depend on the label, and what's best for the band. We're working on an American run for mid/late summer. Europe, Japan, and the rest of the world to follow!

Until the next time, yeah I know, what was so hard about that?

Your humble and lovable shoe shine boy,

Gary."

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Armored Saint To Play Mexico For The First Time

Los Angeles metal veterans ARMORED SAINT will play Mexico for the first time ever on May 31 at Circo Volador in Mexico City. Support at the gig will come from FUELED BY FIRE, STRIKEMASTER and VOLTAX.

The ARMORED SAINT show will kick off a great week for Mexican ANTHRAX fans who will be able to see two of the band's former vocalists perform on the same stage, though five days apart — ARMORED SAINT (featuring John Bush) on May 31 and Joey Belladonna (with his solo band BELLADONNA) on June 5 (also at Circo Volador).

ARMORED SAINT has been confirmed for this year's Rocklahoma festival, which will be held July 10-13, 2008 at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma. SAINT will play on Friday, July 11 on the main stage alongside KINGDOM COME, NIGHT RANGER, EXTREME and the original lineup of TRIUMPH.

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Extreme Guitarist Issues Album Update

Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt of the reunited hard rockers EXTREME has issued the following update:

"We are now finishing up the recording of our new release... which, by the way, rocks. We had a great time jamming and creating. We ended up with about 24 tunes, which we dwindled down to the 14 that will be on the record. And I'm sure it's no surprise to you, our fans, that they are a 'mishmash' of old-school rock and some tasty abstract ditties.

"As a band, we always manage to be misfits in the midst of whatever music is out there. But I guarantee it will be delicious. We are very, very excited to share it with you. Both on record and live when we come to your town... and WE WILL. Yes... we plan to tour for at least one year — well, probably two years — 'cause we've got a lot of catching up to do with you guys and gals. And we can't fucking wait... Shit! There I go fucking swearing again... What a prick... Anyways.

"It's also great to welcome Kevin 'Figg' Figuieredo to the family. I could say lots about Figg and what he brings to the intensity and sound of this band in 2008... but in the words of Joe Perry... I will 'let the music do the talking.'

"And when I speak about the EXTREME family, I also want to mention that Paul Geary [former EXTREME drummer and current GODSMACK manager] is still very much a part of the family. I'm very excited to tell you that he will be involved in the managerial side of the band, working closely with us and new addition to our business team, Robby Hoffman, to help reclaim our block of land in the music ghetto.

"Yes... Lock up your daughters and lock up your wife... Lock up your backdoor and run for your life. 'Cause once we move back in, we plan to be around for the rest of our days... God willing... however long that may be.

"Well... that's it for now. Whoever is making the trip to L.A. to see us... see ya there and say hello. We will have a drink at the Hilton bar afterwards. And for the rest of you, see ya soon..."

EXTREME — featuring original members Nuno Bettencourt, Gary Cherone, Pat Badger and new sticksman Kevin Figueiredo — will perform a private show at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) on Friday, January 18 at the Hilton in Anaheim, California.

To win a chance to see the group play live, submit your name, city and e-mail address to namm@extreme-band.com. If you are selected, you will be contacted with a time and a location to pick up tickets the day of the show.

EXTREME's as-yet-untitled studio album with all-new material — the band's fifth — is set to be released in the spring.

In a recent interview with BostonHerald.com, Bettencourt described the new album as a "straight-up rock record" that expands on EXTREME's funk-metal sound.

The new CD was the key to getting back together as a full-time band, he said. EXTREME did a handful of gigs last summer, including a gig at the Bank of America Pavilion in July, but Bettencourt wasn't interested in becoming a permanent part of a nostalgia act.

"Even though we wanted to do something for years, we had to have something new to offer," he told BostonHerald.com. "In the last six months we started writing some great songs. If they weren't, we wouldn't be doing this."

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More Big Name Drummers Announce NAMM Signings

Pearl Drums is hosting an autograph session at this year's Winter NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants), which runs from January 17 to January 20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The signing will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19 at the Pearl booth. It will feature some of the best-known artists in rock and metal, including the following:

Adrian Erlandsson (CRADLE OF FILTH, NEMHAIN)
Barry Kerch (SHINEDOWN)
Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS)
Craig Nunenmacher (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY)
Eric Singer (KISS, ALICE COOPER)
Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEATH, DARK ANGEL)
Jimmy DeGrasso (MEGADETH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, Y&T)
Johnny Kelly (TYPE O NEGATIVE)
Matt McDonough (MUDVAYNE)
Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME)
Morgan Rose (SEVENDUST)
Vinnie Paul (HELLYEAH, PANTERA)

Important: The NAMM Show is **NOT** open to the public. The only attendees are NAMM member companies and their invited guests.

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Clip Of New Extreme Song Posted Online

Reunited hard rockers EXTREME — featuring original members Nuno Bettencourt, Gary Cherone, Pat Badger and new sticksman Kevin Figueiredo — performed a three-song set at the Boston Music Awards on December 1 at the Orpheum in Boston consisting of "Slide", "Decadence Dance" and "Communication Breakdown". A short clip of the band's new song, "Slide", can be viewed below.

EXTREME is currently working on an as-yet-untitled studio album with all-new material — the band's fifth — which is set to be released next spring. A massive tour will follow.

In a recent interview with BostonHerald.com, Bettencourt described the new album as a "straight-up rock record" that expands on EXTREME's funk-metal sound.

The new CD was the key to getting back together as a full-time band, he said. EXTREME did a handful of gigs this summer, including a gig at the Bank of America Pavilion in July, but Bettencourt wasn't interested in becoming a permanent part of a nostalgia act.

"Even though we wanted to do something for years, we had to have something new to offer," he told BostonHerald.com. "In the last six months we started writing some great songs. If they weren't, we wouldn't be doing this." More...

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Extreme Guitarist Denies Nostalgia Claims

Michael Marotta of BostonHerald.com reports that on Saturday, December 1, original EXTREME members Nuno Bettencourt, Gary Cherone, Pat Badger and new sticksman Kevin Figueiredo will take the stage at the Orpheum in Boston to blow the roof off the Boston Music Awards — the first step to a 2008 world reunion tour and new album.

"We weren't gonna do it until we had a record out," Bettencourt told BostonHerald.com. "But (AEROSMITH drummer and the BMAs honorary chairman) Joey Kramer reached out to us. He wanted to make the BMAs special like they used to be, so we figured why not?"

The as-yet-untitled studio album with all-new material — the band's fifth — will drop sometime in spring 2008. A massive tour will follow, said Nuno.

Bettencourt described the new album as a "straight-up rock record" that expands on EXTREME's funk-metal sound.

The new album was the key to getting back together as a full-time band, he said. EXTREME did a handful of gigs this summer, including a gig at the Bank of America Pavilion in July, but Bettencourt wasn't interested in becoming a permanent part of a nostalgia act.

"Even though we wanted to do something for years, we had to have something new to offer," he said. "In the last six months we started writing some great songs. If they weren't, we wouldn't be doing this."

Original EXTREME drummer Paul Geary, who manages GODSMACK out in L.A., decided to opt out of the reunion, but there are no hard feelings.

"Paul's a manager now, he doesn't play much," Bettencourt said. "He knew straightaway he wasn't able to do it, (but) the blessing is definitely there."

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Extreme Guitarist Explains Reunion

Boston-based rock group EXTREME is set to return in the spring of 2008 with its first album of all new material in 13 years. The band features original members Nuno Bettencourt (guitar), Gary Cherone (vocals) and Pat Badger (bass), along with new drummer Kevin Figueiredo.

In the coming weeks, EXTREME will announce its plans for a world tour in 2008 as well as a release date and label for the as-yet-untitled album, which is being produced by Bettencourt. The guitarist says: "It will have all the ingredients of an EXTREME record. The music is always funkier than most rock bands — and born a bipolar bastard child of Mr. Zeppelin and Mrs. Beatles."

EXTREME has been introduced to a new generation of music fans who are connecting with the band through MySpace as a result of the inclusion of their song "Play With Me" on 2007's Guitar Hero video game. Outside of EXTREME, Cherone joined VAN HALEN as lead singer in 1998, co-writing the "Van Halen III" album and touring the world with them. Bettencourt joined up with JANE'S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell to form the band SATELLITE PARTY and co-produce their album, "Ultra Payloaded". SATELLITE PARTY also featured drummer Kevin Figuieredo, who was previously in a band with Bettencourt called DRAMAGODS.

Through the years, Bettencourt and Cherone have remained close and continued to collaborate on occasion. But what exactly inspired them to rejoin forces as EXTREME?

"Rock and roll famine…I know it might sound crazy, but there is a massive shortage of rock and roll on this planet," says Bettencourt. "It's almost extinct. I mean the true spirit of quality rock and roll — you know, musicianship, when you would give up every moment of your day to master your instrument and create your own identity and sound so as to respectfully outdo all your past heroes whilst proudly wearing the badge of their influences."

"Passion," says Bettencourt, is what drives EXTREME. "To do whatever it takes, with integrity, to bring music to the people, not because of fame…but just cause you simply couldn't wait to share it with them."

"We realized," adds Bettencourt, "not only are the people starved for rock and roll...So are we. Let's eat."

Look for the group to perform Saturday, December 1 at the Boston Music Awards at the Orpheum Theatre.

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Extreme Confirm Reunion Album And Tour

Billboard's Jonathan Cohen (N.Y.) has issued the following report:

Boston-based rock outfit Extreme is reuniting for its first studio album in 13 years and world tour in 2008, Billboard has learned. The group, best known for the 1991 No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit 'More Than Words', disbanded in 1996 but reformed briefly in 2004 and 2006.

Details are pending on the album, which is being produced by guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, and the tour dates. Extreme now includes original members Bettencourt, frontman Gary Cherone and bassist Pat Badger, along with new drummer Kevin Figueiredo.

Of late, the band has reached a new audience thanks to the inclusion of its song 'Play With Me' in the video game Guitar Hero.

"We realized, not only are the people starved for rock'and'roll, so are we," Bettencourt says. "Let's eat."

Extreme will perform on Saturday (December 1st) at the Boston Music Awards.

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