Led Zeppelin are doing it. So are the Police and My Bloody Valentine. Now, the latest band to announce they are reuniting is Extreme! Fresh from failed ventures in Satellite Party and Van Halen, Nuno Bettencourt and Gary Cherone have decided to “rejoin forces,” according to today’s press release, and come together for a reunion world tour and their first album in thirteen years. But can they revive that Extreme sound? Bettencourt promises the new album “will have all the ingredients of an Extreme record. The music is always Funkier than most rock bands — and born a Bipolar Bastard child of Mr. Zeppelin and Mrs. Beatles” (weirdo capitalization and comparisons his, not ours). Bettencourt didn’t end his extreme enthusiasm there.
When asking himself why Extreme should “rejoin forces,” Nuno gave an explanation worthy of his former Satellite Party compadre Perry Farrell: “Rock and Roll Famine — I know it might sound crazy, but there is a massive shortage of rock and roll on this planet. It’s almost extinct. I mean the true spirit of quality rock and roll — you know, Musicianship, when you would give up every moment of your day to master your instrument and create your own identity and sound so as to respectfully outdo all your past heroes whilst proudly wearing the badge of their influences.” The announcement also boasted of Extreme’s “Play With Me” appearing in Guitar Hero, a game that strives on the complete opposite of musicianship, where to “master your instrument” is to be really good at hitting four color-coated buttons. Remember the time when the band needed two Greatest Hits albums to truly represent their four-album career? You can reminisce about those halcyon days when the reformed Extreme kick off their world tour by playing the Boston Music Awards at that city’s Orpheum Theatre on December 1st. Are you Extremely pumped, or could you Extremely care less?
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