Nuno Bettencourt

Musician + Singer-songwriter + Guitarist
Born Sep 20, 1966

Nuno Duarte Gil Mendes Bettencourt is a Portuguese guitarist, singer-songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his role as the lead guitarist of the Boston rock band Extreme whose hits include the acoustic ballads "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted". The songs reached #1 and #4, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1991.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Nuno Bettencourt.


1966 Birth Bettencourt was born on September 20, 1966 in Praia da Vitória, Terceira, Azores, Portugal, to Ezequiel Mendes Bettencourt and wife Aureolina da Cunha Gil de Ávila. … Read More


1985 18 Years Old Unable to make a dent in the music world with his Boston-based hair-metal act Sinful, Bettencourt rose to international prominence as a guitar player after he joined the Boston-area group Extreme in 1985.


1989 22 Years Old Signed to A&M Records shortly after Bettencourt joined the group, the band released its debut record, Extreme, in 1989. … Read More
1994 27 Years Old Bettencourt was married to Baby Animals lead singer Suze DeMarchi from 1994 until 2013. … Read More
1995 28 Years Old In 1995, Extreme released the album, Waiting for the Punchline, but the band broke up in 1996 when Bettencourt expressed his desire to follow a solo career. … Read More


1997 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1997, Bettencourt released his first solo effort, Schizophonic, which he had been working on for five years. … Read More
1998 31 Years Old …  He also contributed greatly in writing, recording and producing DeMarchi's solo debut from 1998, Telelove. … Read More
2002 35 Years Old Bettencourt formed the recording entity Population 1 and released the self-titled and self-produced 2002 release, Population 1, on Universal/Japan and YBM/Korea. … Read More
2004 37 Years Old Bettencourt's playing has been featured at 2004 on the Universal/Japan CD and DVD release of Guitar Wars featuring solo and collective performances of Bettencourt with many others, including Steve Hackett (Genesis, GTR), Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and Mr. Big/Racer X guitarist Paul Gilbert. … Read More
2006 39 Years Old 1 More Event
The latest CD from magician Criss Angel contains a song on which Bettencourt appears and was released in June 2006. … Read More


2007 40 Years Old Bettencourt helped produce Ultra Payloaded, the debut album by Satellite Party released on May 29, 2007 on Columbia Records. … Read More
2009 42 Years Old In November 2009, Bettencourt announced that he would be touring with Barbadian singer Rihanna on her Last Girl on Earth Tour as lead guitarist, having appeared alongside her in several TV shows and other performances. … Read More
2016 49 Years Old In April and May of 2016, Bettencourt was one of five guitarists featured on the Generation Axe tour.
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