Extreme Rises Roadrunner!

Nuno at Roadrunner Bosotn

Extreme celebrated their Boston homecoming release of Six at Roadrunner coming off a rock and roll demolition of the Hampton Casino in NH! This is Nuno and Extreme’s first time back in “Beantown” since their 2022 Fenway Park show opening for Aerosmith. The Extreme Roadrunner crowd was quite amped up by the time the first note dropped. Extreme proceeded to open the rock show with a fresh track from Six titled #Rebel. It was a joyous rock festival as Extreme fans got a chance to experience a ripping set from the Extreme boys that spanned Extreme’s entire catalogue of songs!

With a stop through Boston Extreme caught up with Boston.com and chatted with Gary Cherone about Extreme’s return to Boston and Extreme’s recent release Six.

I think this band is always ready to play. We’d been doing the catalog for a few years, and our audience has been starving for new material. So having five or six new songs — and that’s a lot to put in a set — is great, and that should infuse new energy into the band. But we’re gonna try to dip into some deep tracks from some of the older records.

Gary Cherone via Boston.com

Extreme Roadrunner Set List

#REBEL

Decadence Dance
(shortened)

It (‘s a Monster)

Rest in Peace

Hip Today

Teacher’s Pet / Flesh ‘n’ Blood / Wind Me Up / Kid Ego
(Tour debut)

We Will Rock You / Play With Me

Tragic Comic / Hole Hearted

OTHER SIDE OF THE RAINBOW

BANSHEE

Cupid’s Dead
(preceded by Drop Dead Legs… more )

Am I Ever Gonna Change

Midnight Express

More Than Words

Take Us Alive
(with That’s All Right snippet)

Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee

Get the Funk Out

Encore:
SMALL TOWN BEAUTIFUL
(shortened w/ “Women In Love” intro)

Song for Love
(shortened)

RISE

Nuno Bettencourt and Extreme Now

Extreme is an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985. With the force of a Boston wrecking ball, Extreme swings between unapologetic fits of fret-burning hard rock and intimately introspective balladry. This dynamic affirms the iconic multiplatinum Beantown quartet—Gary Cherone (vocals), Nuno Bettencourt (guitar), Pat Badger (bass), and Kevin Figueiredo (drums)—as one of rock’s most unpredictable, undeniable, and unbreakable groups whose songs course through the very fabric of popular culture. They’re the rare band whose music has appeared in an actual cult series a la Bill & Ted as well as the Netflix juggernaut “Stranger Things.” They’ve sold 10 million records, topped the Billboard Hot 100 at #1, packed major venues on multiple continents, memorably performed at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in London, and regularly average over 5 million monthly listeners on Spotify. However, their dynamic approach hits harder than ever on their 2023 full-length offering, Six.

“With Extreme, there’s always a lot of passion and a little piss and vinegar,” says Gary. “We’re not in competition with anybody else, but we strive to outdo ourselves. There are some moments on this album where we did. We’ve managed to stay together after all of these years. We feel like we have something to prove when we get on stage or in the studio. Because of that, I believe some of these songs are among the best we’ve written.”

Extreme and More Than Words Recognition

The song “More Than Words” by Extreme won several awards and nominations. It was a number one hit in the United States, where it was certified gold. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1992. It also won an ASCAP Pop Award for Most Performed Song in 1992. The music video for the song became an MTV staple and received one of pop’s highest honors — being parodied by “Weird Al” Yankovic.