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Extreme Biography


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Birth Place: Malden, Massachusetts
Years Active: 1985-1996, 2004, 2006-present
Genres: Funk Metal, Hard Rock, Glam Metal, Folk Rock


Extreme is a rock band from Boston and headed by lead vocalist Gary Cherone and guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. Extreme formed in 1985 from the ashes of another band when vocalist Cherone and drummer Paul Geary started a new project with guitarist Bettencourt and bassist Pat Badger. Cherone and Bettencourt developed a strong musical connection almost immediately and began writing songs together. The band started playing gigs locally in and around the Boston area, building a following from gig to gig. The band got the break they were looking for in 1988 when an A&R rep from A&M Records discovered them and signed them. The band's self-titled debut album appeared in 1989 to positive responses.

Extreme's second album, “Extreme II: Pornograffitti” arrived in 1990. The album appeared to be going nowhere in sales until their third single was released, the acoustic ballad “More Than Words.” The song became a massive international hit, peaking at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart.

Their third album, “III Sides to Every Story,” was released in 1992. The album failed to sell as well as “Pornograffitti.” After the band's fourth studio album, 1995’s “Waiting for the Punchline,” failed commercially the band disbanded.

Over the next 10 years the band members went on to work on solo projects and side projects with other bands, also performing the occasional reunion shows as Extreme. By 2008 Bettencourt, Cherone and Badger were all on board for Extreme to reform on a permanent basis. The band put out a new album that year, “Saudades de Rock,” and embarked on a world tour.

2009 saw the band continue to tour, co-headlining the East Meets West Tour with Ratt. 2010 marked Extreme's return to the studio as Bettencourt and Cherone began writing new material for their next album. However, the writing process was put on hold due to Bettencourt's schedule supporting Rihanna on her 2011 tour.