Extreme Guitarist Disappointed Band Has Not Released Any New Music Since 2008

Extreme will soon be touring Australia with Mr. Big. Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt recently spoke with the country’s Heavy magazine about the tour and other things.

On the process of choosing a set list for a country in which the group hasn’t performed in more than two decades:

Nuno: “The main thing is going to be just, look — when you haven’t seen anybody for that long, what do you do? You’ve got to catch up. You try to give them as much as you can of each album — you give them three or four songs from each album, you take them on that journey, and you play all the strongest stuff that you think that they’d want to hear, that they’d want to experience.”

On how the tour with Mr. Big came together:

Nuno: “It was a great little accident. We were trying to get back to Australia for so long, it was one of those things where we said, ‘We’ve got to do it this year. We’ve got to do it this year.’ Then all of a sudden out of nowhere, the [booking] agent said, ‘Hey, the MR. BIG guys are trying to get over there as well. How do you guys feel about doing something together?’ We were, like, ‘Wow, that would be perfect. What a great way to go back. What a great bill that would be.'”

On Extreme’s longevity:

Nuno: “We split up for a bit, and we didn’t play for a good eight to ten years. It’s not always roses. It’s hard being in a band. It’s hard being in a relationship like that. But at the end of the day, when you have great fans, as corny as that sounds, if the fans show up and the passion that they have, they’re the ones that make us want to keep going. We can play all we want, but if nobody’s there, if nobody feels anything with what we’re playing, then what’s the purpose?”

On when to expect new music from the group, who haven’t released an album since 2008’s “Saudades De Rock”:

Nuno: “You should have already seen another album — at least two by now, if not three. We’re kind of disappointed in ourselves that we haven’t released something yet, because we have so much material, and we’ve been going back and forth… I’m happy to say that we have a good actual vision right now of what we want to do. We have a good 20, 25 songs that we’re almost wrapped up with. My goal is that by the fall, we have a new album out.”