OK, let me just have a little fan moment here. When I was a senior in high school, Extreme was my absolute favorite band. Nuno Bettencourt is one of the best rock guitarists ever, and Gary Cherone is a master at weaving spiritual, moral and political messages into his lyrics. Not to mention they ROCK! I saw them at a little club in Atlanta in '90, at a big theater in '91, then at the Fabulous Fox in '92.
Imagine my surprise and delight when, earlier this evening, I'm flipping through the channels on the XM, and hear them say "Nuno Bettencourt is going to be on here shortly."
Nuno did a great interview. He likened them doing their own thing for awhile and then getting back together to a kid leaving home. You've got to leave home and see the world to be able to appreciate your home. The interviewer was very knowledgeable and asked some good questions. It was interesting to find out that Nuno's a big Judas Priest fan. And it was awesome to hear them talk about King's X, another great heavy band with spiritually charged lyrics. In fact, King's X will share the stage with Extreme on tour later this summer.
The interview ended with a sneak peak at Extreme's new song "Stars". If this song is any indication, this is going to be one of the best rock releases of '08. I'm serious. Very Queen-esque. Great vocals, and, of course, great guitars. The album comes out August 12th.
I think the interview will be available HERE in podcast form very soon. I'll try to let you know.
Did I mention I'm seeing Extreme in Atlanta this August?