The Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt explained in an interview with Heavy (Transcribed by Blabbermouth) why the band takes so long to release a new album. Their first four albums were released from 1989 to 1995, but their two most recent ones were out in 2008 and 2023.
Their are currently touring around the world promoting the album “Six”. The band’s current line-up has Gary Cherone (Vocals – original member), Nuno Bettencourt (Guitar, keyboards, piano – original member), Pat Badger (Bass – Since 1986) and Kevin Figueiredo (Drums – Since 2007).
Nuno Bettencourt explains why Extreme albums take long to be out
“If there’s an album coming out, or music that’s coming out, then it’s for a reason, and it’s usually a good reason for me. So it actually means that we wrote something that I think is worth something to share…”
“There’s a reason why we don’t put out a lot of albums, because the excitement has to be there. I told Gary at a very, very young age that I never wanna put any music out for the sake of putting music out. It’s probably not the smartest thing financially for a band to do that, because every time you put an album out, you make money, you get advances, you tour the world.”
“But it has to be something that you’re really proud of. And what I mean by that is it has to be successful before it even comes out — meaning that you’re just super proud of it. You’re excited and you put your head on the pillow.”
“Regardless of (whether) everybody hates it or loves it, it doesn’t mean anything to you. It’s always a bonus that they love it. But at the end of the day, there’s nothing worse than people loving what you’re doing if you didn’t like what you did in the first place,” Nuno Bettencourt said.
- “Other Side of the Rainbow”
- “Small Town Beautiful”
- “The Mask”
- “Thicker Than Blood”
- “Save Me”
- “X Out”
- “Beautiful Girls”
- “Here’s to the Losers”
Extreme was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985 and achieved the height of their career in the late 80 and early 90s with hits like “More Than Words”, “Hole Hearted” and “Get The Funk Out”.
They are one of the most successful bands from the 90s with an estimated amount of more than 10 million records sold wolrdwide.