Nuno Bettencourt
Musician, singer-songwriter, Guitarist
Nuno Bettencourt
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.
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'Rock Of Ages': Behind The Star-Studded Cameos
MTV News - over 4 years
Director Adam Shankman explains how '80s icons like Sebastian Bach and Debbie Gibson ended up in the movie musical. By Amy Wilkinson Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta in "Rock of Ages" Photo: The '80s are alive and well in director Adam Shankman's movie musical "Rock of Ages," which shimmied into theaters Friday (June 15). Based on the hit Broadway production of the same name, the flick follows would-be musician Drew Boley (Diego Boneta) as he falls for new-in-town Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) and lands his big break opening for rock legend Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) at the famed Bourbon Room. The soundtrack is stuffed with the era's biggest hits like "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "Don't Stop Believin' " and "I Want to ...
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Steel Panther back on the prowl - Music News
Google News - over 5 years
Tom Morrello of Rage against the Machine, Corey Taylor of Slipnot and Stone Sour, Scott Ian of Anthrax and The Damned Things) Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme, Cee-Lo Green, Rupert Grint of
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Rihanna i Bergen - dag 2 - Bergensavisen
Google News - over 5 years
Ikke minst på rockeren «Shut Up and Drive», der den gamle Extreme-sjefen Nuno Bettencourt trøkker til med klassiske gitarsoloer som bryter opp det maskinmessige. Han stakk innom spotlighten titt og ofte med harde riff og mer følsom kassegitarspilling,
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Rihanna låt for låt - Bergens Tidende
Google News - over 5 years
Gitarist Nuno Bettencourt får boltra seg med sin første solo for kvelden. Dette er konge. Rihanna rocks! Rihannas reggaeflørt held stand live. Litt meir rocka enn på plata, men grooven er på plass. Svak femmar der
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Lång väntan på godbiten Rihanna - Hufvudstadsbladet
Google News - over 5 years
Basen krämade på, trummorna lekte med fina rytmmönster och gitarristen Nuno Bettencourt (ni minns softrockbandet Extreme?) charmade mellan ackorden. Men det var Rihannas urstarka röst som stod i centrum hela vägen. Jag säger det kanske för ofta,
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Interview: Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big) - Donewaiting
Google News - over 5 years
I've cooked Japanese food for Nuno Bettencourt and Warren DeMartini, I jammed with Zakk Wylde and changed my setlist when he commented that one of the songs was “one gay-assed motherfucking song”… (It was “The Kid's Are All Right” by The Who
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Eddie Van Halen 'A Little Nervous' About Band's New Album - Ultimate Classic Rock
Google News - over 5 years
This according to Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, who recounts a meeting with Van Halen, his childhood guitar hero, in a recording studio back in January. Unlike Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge, or Morgan Rose from Sevendust, it seems Nuno wasn't
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Happy 50th Birthday, Gary Cherone! - Broward-Palm Beach New Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Gary met future Extreme bandmates Nuno Bettencourt and Pat Badger in 1985 during a personal favorite of all hair metal clichés, a fight over dressing-room accommodations. Gary spent a stint in Van Halen, performing on their only album to never go
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Review: Randall NB King 100 Nuno Bettencourt Signature Series Amplifier - Guitar World Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Recently, Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt stepped into this fold with his own custom-designed Randall masterpiece. Bettencourt's NB King 100 is an all-tube, 100-watt retro-modern dual-channel amp that boasts a uniquely shimmering Clean channel,
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HURTSMILE With Mark And Gary Cherone To Perform At Showcase Live In Foxoboro - TMR Zoo
Google News - over 5 years
Founder members are guitarist Markus Cherone and lead vocalist Paulo Bettencourt, the less famous brothers of Extreme's lead vocalist Gary Cherone and flash lead guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. In fact, Flesh debut was the first band signed by Colorblind
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MUSIC REVIEW; A Star Who Clads Herself in Cool
NYTimes - over 5 years
UNIONDALE N.Y. -- Rihanna isn't cool because of her multitude of sexy, clever outfits; or her red hair, which sits flawless and immobile atop her head; or the ease with which she delivers a song, barely breaking a sweat, even on the most involved numbers. She's cool because she's unknowable, a cipher. Some stars manufacture their inaccessibility,
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A Star Who Clads Herself in Cool - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
In her touring band the lead guitarist is Nuno Bettencourt, one of the key pop-metal figures of the late '80s and early '90s. He got a workout during this show, deploying everything from ostentatious filigrees on “Skin” to calm sadness on “Hate That I
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Sebastian Bach and Nuno Bettencourt in Rock of Ages Film (A Top Story) - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
On Thursday Sebastian Bach and Nuno Bettencourt in Rock of Ages Film was a top story. Here is the recap: (hennemusic) Sebastian Bach was in Miami earlier this week along with guitarist Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme (currently touring with Rihanna) to
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SEBASTIAN BACH, NUNO BETTENCOURT Film Scene For 'Rock Of Ages' Movie - July 13 ... - Blabbermouth.net
Google News - over 5 years
According to a posting on Sebastian Bach's Facebook page, the former SKID ROW singer and EXTREME guitarist Nuno Bettencourt spent "all night" earlier this week on the Miami set of the upcoming film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical "Rock Of Ages"
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Strings of a new melody - Daily Pioneer
Google News - over 5 years
Arjun seeks inspiration from Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt. Anshul fancies metal and idolises iconic guitarist such as John Petrucci Paul Gilbert and Steve Vai. Drummer Prashant feels he is hooked to thrash metal bands like
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Letem kytarovým světem - Deset nejzásadnějších novinek, které za posledních 25 ... - Muzikus.cz
Google News - over 5 years
Možnosti Floyd Rose mají ve svém výrazu třeba Kirk Hammett, Brad Gillis, Tom Morello, Allan Holdsworth, Nuno Bettencourt, nesmíme zapomenout na rychlíka Hermana Liho z Dragonforce... Když Tom Scholz, tvůrce pomprockových gigantů Boston, přišel se svým
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캇툰, 15번째 싱글 앨범 `WHITE` 한국 출시 - 한국경제
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특히 타이틀 곡 기타 반주에는 미국을 대표하는 밴드 'EXTREAM' 멤버 누노 베텐코트(Nuno Bettencourt)가 특별히 참여해 화려한 연주 실력을 감상할 수 있다고 한다. 4인조 밴드 'EXTREAM'은 헤비메탈계의 최고 그룹으로 손꼽히고 있으며 그 중 누노 베텐코트는
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nuno Bettencourt
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 49
    In April and May of 2016, Bettencourt was one of five guitarists featured on the Generation Axe tour.
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  • 2009
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He has since performed as Rihanna's lead guitarist on every subsequent tour, including her Loud (2010), 777 (2012) and Diamonds World (2013) tours, respectively. In July 2011, Steel Panther reported to Loud Magazine that Nuno would be "coming in to do something" on their then-upcoming release Balls Out. The collaboration resulted in the track "It Won't Suck Itself", which also featured Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger.
  • 2007
    Age 40
    Bettencourt helped produce Ultra Payloaded, the debut album by Satellite Party released on May 29, 2007 on Columbia Records.
    More Details Hide Details On June 29, 2007, they performed alongside Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon and Incubus in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. In late July 2007, Bettencourt and Drummer Kfigg departed Satellite Party.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 39
    In 2006, Bettencourt along with his band DramaGods contributed their song "S'OK" to the album project Artists for Charity – Guitarists 4 the Kids, produced by Slang Productions to assist World Vision Canada in helping underprivileged kids in need.
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    The latest CD from magician Criss Angel contains a song on which Bettencourt appears and was released in June 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Sully Erna, Vince Neil, Shannon Larkin and Bettencourt join Angel in the video for the track "MF 2" which was shot atop the Aladdin parking garage.
  • 2004
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Satellite Party is Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell's new project which featured Bettencourt as lead guitarist (Nuno left the band in July 2007, citing disagreements about the direction of the live show), along with DramaGods drummer Kevin Figueiredo, bassist Carl Restivo (who also played with Extreme in the Azores in 2004), and Etty Farrell on backing vocals. An earlier lineup of the band with Perry Farrell, Etty Farrell, Nuno, Kevin Figueiredo, and Steve Ferlazo (Dramagods) on keyboards performed at the 2005 Lollapalooza festival.
  • 2002
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In support of the Population 1 (which featured him playing all instruments on most tracks), release in Japan and Korea, Bettencourt assembled a band with Joe Pessia on bass, Steve Ferlazzo on keyboards and back-up vocals, and Kevin Figueiredo on drums and back-up vocals. Steve Ferlazzo was also featured in Cherone's next band carnation effort after Van Halen's breakup (Along with Pat Badger and Mike Mangini from Extreme) Tribe of Judah. In 2004, Population 1 released Sessions from Room Four as well as an east coast tour in the fall of that year. Due to legal issues, the name Population 1 was dropped in 2005 and the band was renamed to Near Death Experience, then again, renamed to DramaGods. DramaGods released their first album in December 2005 available as an import via Victor Entertainment (Japan). The band then made their record available as a digital download on iTunes in early 2006.
  • 1998
    Age 31
    He also contributed greatly in writing, recording and producing DeMarchi's solo debut from 1998, Telelove.
    More Details Hide Details In 1991, Bettencourt also produced Dweezil Zappa's release on Barking Pumpkin Records, Confessions. In this record, Bettencourt also sings lead vocals for the first time on a semi-ballad entitled "The Kiss", as well as playing guitar and singing background vocals on some other tracks. Extreme members Gary Cherone and Pat Badger also contributed. In 1999, Bettencourt produced the album Magnolia, for the Portuguese singer and actress Lúcia Moniz. He also featured as singer and guitarist in the song "Try Again" of this album.
  • 1997
    Age 30
    On December 16, 1997, Bettencourt's new band – Mourning Widows (whose name was inspired by a writing he had seen on a church wall back in Portugal), released their self-titled debut album in Japan on Polydor Records.
    More Details Hide Details It sold 45,000 in the first month. The band featured Roberto Carlos' son Donovan Bettencourt on bass and New York drummer Jeff Consi. In 2000, Mourning Widow's follow-up, Furnished Souls for Rent originally released in Japan, and then in the U.S. Both Mourning Widows releases cultivated a strong following in Japan and New England. In 2008, Bettencourt was featured on the soundtrack for the motion picture Smart People. Bettencourt is credited on the cover on the soundtrack as well. The soundtrack also features the Gary Cherone track, "Need I Say More", and Baby Animals selections. The album was released by Hollywood Records and is available on iTunes. The following year, Bettencourt was featured in a song and video called "Best Night Ever". by Marshall Eriksen, a character on How I Met Your Mother The video was a parody of Extreme's "More Than Words" video, in which the entire main cast of How I Met Your Mother made appearances.
    In 1997, Bettencourt released his first solo effort, Schizophonic, which he had been working on for five years.
    More Details Hide Details The album was well-received critically, but was not a commercial success.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after, singer Gary Cherone went on to become the lead singer of Van Halen. In 2007, the band reformed with the original line up (with the exception of Paul Geary) to begin work on a new album, Saudades de Rock, released on August 12, 2008, and subsequent tour.
  • 1994
    Age 27
    Bettencourt was married to Baby Animals lead singer Suze DeMarchi from 1994 until 2013.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children together, born in 1996 and 2002. The couple separated in 2009. He is a supporter of the soccer club Benfica from Lisbon, Portugal. In December 1990, Washburn Guitars unveiled the Washburn N4 Nuno Bettencourt Signature Series – a series of Bettencourt-designed guitars. The Nuno Bettencourt models are flagshipped by the American hand-made Washburn N4. The Washburn N4 guitar is a small reverse headstock super-strat which features the unique Stephen's Extended Cutaway neck joint for easy access to the higher frets. It also contains Bill Lawrence USA and Seymour Duncan pickups, and a Floyd Rose licensed tremolo. The production budget model of this guitar which is built in China is known as the N2 and features a standard bolt-on neck. The N3 was a short run Korean reproduction of the Washburn N4 using Washburn stock pickups. The original N2 and N3 guitars were prototype guitars built for Nuno. The N2 lacking the Stephen's Extended Cutaway and the N3 using a Bill Lawrence L500X in the bridge rather than the Seymour Duncan 59. Other models include The N5 and N6. Bettencourt has also endorsed several Washburn acoustic models, as well as a line of 'set-neck' electric guitars including the P-Series which was released in various models with a more retro, deep cutaway style.
  • 1989
    Age 22
    Signed to A&M Records shortly after Bettencourt joined the group, the band released its debut record, Extreme, in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details He then provided rhythm guitar on the single version of Janet Jackson's "Black Cat," which became a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1990, Extreme released their most critically acclaimed album, Pornograffitti, which included the hits "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted". The album also has one of the most impressive guitar solos to date, The "Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee" an interpretation of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee", which is the intro guitar solo to the Track "He-Man Woman Hater". The band followed up with III Sides to Every Story in 1992. Bettencourt composed and arranged the brass and string sections for this album and the full orchestra on the album.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 18
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When he was four years old, his family, including brothers Luís and Roberto, moved to Hudson, Massachusetts. Bettencourt lived on Main Street in Hudson for twenty-one years. Initially, Bettencourt had little interest in music, preferring to spend his time playing hockey and soccer. His first instrument was the drums and he played them exclusively until his brother, Luís, started teaching him the guitar. While Bettencourt was slow to adopt the instrument under his brother's tutelage, his skills quickly developed when he began teaching himself, and he has mentioned in many interviews that he would skip many school days to practice upwards of seven hours a day. In his sophomore and junior years of high school, Bettencourt dropped out of sports so he could focus on playing guitar. He eventually dropped out of high school altogether, for the same reason.
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