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Extreme band mid 90s

Extreme photo 1995
left to right: Nuno Bettencourt, Mike Mangini, Gary Cherone, Pat Badger

Extreme Biography

This Pop-Metal band was founded in mid-'80s in Boston, Massachusetts USA, by singer Gary Cherone and guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, the pair hooked up with bass player Pat Badger, drummer Paul Geary and began touring throughout the States.

A recording contract with A&M Records was quickly secured and in 1989 the foursome released their self-titled debut album which cracked the The Billboard 200 chart and generated their first Mainstream Rock top 40 hit, "Kid Ego".
In September of 1990 the group launched their breakthrough LP, "Extreme II: Pornograffitti", the record climbed into the top 10 of The Billboard Top 200 chart and included the simple acoustic ballad, "More Than Words", which topped The Billboard Hot 100 and stormed the European charts reaching the #2 in Britain where another single, "Get The Funk Out", entered the top 20, the group's second album yielded another big hit, "Hole Hearted", it peaked at #4 and #2 spots respectively on The Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts.
Almost exactly two years later, "III Sides To Every Story" was released and entered the top 10 of both the U.S. and U.K. Albums charts, its first single, "Rest In Peace", shot to #1 on Billboard's Active Rock chart, two more singles, "Stop The World" and "Everything Under The Sun: II. Am I Ever Gonna Change", ranked in the top 10 in the same chart.
In the summer of 1994, Mike Mangini replaced Geary on drums and the band started recording the fourth album, "Waiting For The Punchline", which arrived in January 1995 but scraped the lower reaches of the top 40 of The Billboard Top 200 chart and generated only one Mainstream Rock top 30 hit, "Hip Today".
After the commercial failure of the record Extreme announced they were breaking up, Bettencourt announced plans to release a solo album and Cherone went on to front Van Halen for 1998's "Van Halen III".

After some sporadic live reunions, core members Gary Cherone, Nuno Bettencourt and Pat Badgerand were joined by drummer Kevin Figueiredo and in August 2008 the quartet released Extreme's fifth studio album, "Saudades De Rock". It debuted at #78 on The Billboard 200.


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    The original line-up