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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