Nuno Bettencourt is an excellent guitarist and Portuguese vocalist, member of the band Extreme, and that was famous for his extremely technical soils, being his way of playing very influenced by Eddie Van Halen.
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Beginning of life:
Nuno Bettencourt was born in Praia da Vitória, Portugal, in 1966. He moved to Hudson in Massachusetts with his family when he was only 4 years old.
In the United States he had no great interest in music. He liked sports more, especially hockey and soccer. The first instrument he played was drums, until his brother, Luís Gil Bettencourt, began to teach him to play guitar.
Entering for Extreme:
In 1985, at the age of 19, Nuno Bettencourt joined the band Extreme. On August 5, 1987 they had a concert in Boston attended by executives of major labels and in November they signed with A & M Records.
Around March of the following year, the Extreme Band made its first great presentation to the public, opening a concert of the Aerosmith (a band also of Boston).
In 1989 they released the album ‘Extreme’, which was not very successful, according to the report on Wikipedia.
Hall of Fame:
After a tour of North America and Japan, Nuno Bettencourt and his team released the album ‘Pornograffitti’ in the year 1990, which definitely put them in the hall of fame.
The sound of the band began to change; In some moments still sounded “Funk Metal”, but rock and hard rock had a lot of presence in ‘Pornograffitti’.
Also in 1990 Banda Extreme participated in the album “Putting Back The Rock” by Jim Gilmore.
They entered their second US tour, while the ballads “More Than Words” (the biggest hit of the Extreme) and “Hole Hearted” did not leave the radios.
The year 1990 has not yet finished, in December, Washburn Guitars launches a series of guitars, “N4 – Nuno Bettencourt Signature Series”, with the signature of Nuno Bettencourt.
The single “More Than Words” reached first place in several countries, among them: USA, Holland, Portugal and Israel. During the tour they played in several festivals and with several famous groups and singers, among them the ex Van Halen David Lee Roth.
Nuno Bettencourt was invited to play “Guitar Legends” in Seville, Spain. He played alongside Brian May, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, among others. The ‘Pornograffitti’ tour ended in Honolulu on December 15, 1991.
In 1991 participated in “Confessions”, of Dweezil Zappa. Bettencourt sings in a semibalada, titled “The Kiss”.
In January 1992, the Extreme performed one of the biggest concerts in its history, for about 60,000 people, at Hollywood Rock in Rio de Janeiro. The phenomenon Nuno Bettencourt did not stop winning prizes. He was awarded in all categories to which he was nominated in “Guitar For The Practicing Musician Readers” poll and also won the “Top of the Rock”, “Songwriter of the Year”, “Solo of the Year” Of guitar that made, called “Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee”) and also “Guitar LP of the Year”.
Extreme was nominated for eight categories at the Boston Music Awards and won five of them: “Act of the Year”, “Outstanding Rock Single” (for “Hole Hearted”), Outstanding Pop Single (for More Than Words) “Outstanding Song / Songwriter” (Nuno and Gary for “More Than Words”) and “Outstanding Instrumentalist” (Nuno Bettencourt).
On April 20, 1992 they played “More Than Words” and an acoustic version of “Love of My Life” (from Queen) at the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert for more than 70,000 people at Wembley Stadium.
The Third Album:
In September 1992 was released the third album of the Extreme Band, ‘III Sides To Every Story’. Nuno won the “Guitarist of the Year” award from Metal Edge Magazine. The European tour of Extreme ended in December 1992, specifically on December 23, at Wembley Stadium, where they were watched and applauded by Brian May, Roger Daltrey, among other stars.
More awards came to Extreme. Nuno won the “MVP” on Guitar World readers’ poll, leaving behind Joe Satriani, Eddie Van Halen, Slash and Eric Clapton.
He also won the “Best Rock Guitar” award, also the “Best Rock Guitar Album” (for the album “III Sides”) and “Best Solo” (for guitar solo by Rest In Peace).
The Fourth Album:
In 1995 (10 years after Nuno Bettencourt joined the Extreme Band) it was the year of the band’s fourth album, Waiting For The Punchline. One more successful album!
Containing several Hits such as “Hip Today”, “Unconditionally” and “Cynical”. The first and only instrumental song of the Extreme Band came out on this album. A sensational guitar song called “Midnight Express”.
Starting a Career Solo:
In 1996, Nuno Bettencourt left the Extreme Band to start a solo career. He released his ‘Schizophonic’ CD that surprised all fans who expected a Steve Vai or Eddie Van Halen style CD. Schizophonic took five years to complete.
On December 16, 1997, Bettencourt formed the band Mourning Widows (the name was inspired by a writing he had seen on the wall of a church in Portugal) that they released in Japan, through Polydor, a self-titled album. The album sold 45,000 in the first month. The band’s second album, “Furnished Souls for Rent” was originally released in Japan in 2000.
In 1999 he recorded “Try Again” with singer Lúcia Moniz and recorded “Every Diamond” for the tribute album to Rui Veloso.
It forms the band Population 1 releasing a disc in 2002. Due to legal issues, the name had to be changed by finally moving to DramaGods. DramaGods released their first album in December 2005.
DramaGods appeared at the Udo Music Festival along with KISS, Santana, Jeff Beck, The Doobie Brothers, Alice in Chains, The Pretenders, Ben Folds Five, and others in July 2006.
A CD of the magician Criss Angel, Mindfreak, contains a song in which Bettencourt appears and was released in June of 2006.
Nuno Bettencourt played with Perry Farrell’s The Satellite Party until July 2007. Bettencourt helped produce “Ultra Payloaded,” the group’s debut album released on May 29, 2007 by Columbia Records.
The Hard Rock Extreme band returned in 2008 with the album “Saudades de Rock”, the band’s first studio release in 13 years.
In 2008, Bettencourt was featured on the soundtrack for the movie “Smart People.” He is credited with the cover of the soundtrack that includes the track “Need I say more”, with Gary Cherone (of the Extreme), and the selections “Baby Animals”.
In 2009 she collaborated on “The Best Night Ever” by Marshall, a character from “How I Met Your Mother”. The video was a parody of the “More Than Words” video.
Nuno Bettencourt made appearances as a guitarist for super star Rihanna, where she toured with her on “Last Girl on Earth Tour” in 2010, “Loud Tour” in 2011 and “Diamonds World Tour” in 2013, and continues with Extreme Band.
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Being an excellent guitarist and composer, Nuno Bettencourt manages to extract a variety of styles and influences. His most important works were in the field of rock and heavy metal but his greatest successes were acoustic songs.
He is considered as a technical guitarist and is influenced by many different guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen, Al Di Meola or Jimmy Page. They also consider that their soils are influenced by Brian May of the Queen.
In 1993, Bettencourt co-wrote and produced Where Are You Going, for the movie Super Mario Bros.
On August 27, 1994, Bettencourt married the singer Suze DeMarchi, in the Church of St. Michael the Archangel, divorcing in 2013. As an outburst about the separation, Suze wrote the song “Email”.
Nuno and Suze have two children together: Bebe Orleans, born February 2, 1996 and Lorenzo Aureolino, born on August 12, 2002.
Nuno lived in Los Angeles, a house with a 360 degree view of the entire city, including the “Hollywood” sign.
Bettencourt cites Italian cuisine as her favorite. Love sushi and Butterfinger.
Nuno Bettencourt is present on the CD and DVD of “Guitar Wars” featuring great musicians such as Steve Hackett (Genesis, GTR), Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones or guitarist Paul Gilbert of Racer X.
Nuno collaborated with his wife Suze DeMarchi and with the members of the band Baby Animals and the solo album of his wife released in 1998, “Telelove”.
In 2006, Banda Extreme had its hit “Play With Me”, featured in the video game “Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s”.
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