Extreme’s “Rise” Tracks The Rise And Fall Of Fame

[Lineup (l-r): Kevin Figueiredo, Gary Cherone, Pat Badger, Nuno Bettencourt; credit to Jesse Lirola]

Boston Hard Rock and Multi-platinum artists Extreme, consisting of Gary Cherone (vocals), Nuno Bettencourt (guitar), Pat Badger (bass), and Kevin Figueiredo (drums) have released a video for “Rise,” which marks the first single from their upcoming album SIX, out June 9th, 2023 via earMUSIC. The video was directed by Nuno Bettencourt and filmed in Los Angeles.

Cherone shares about the single:

Musically, it’s aggressive. Lyrically, it’s a cautionary tale on the rise and fall of fame. You get seduced into it. Once you’re on top, they’ll rip you apart and tear you down. That’s the nature of the beast.

Bettencourt adds about the record:

When Eddie Van Halen passed, it really hit me. I’m not going to be the one who will take the throne, but I felt some responsibility to keep guitar playing alive. So, you hear a lot of fire on the record.

Whatever you think an Extreme album is after two or even three songs, it’s not. That goes for every record we’ve ever done. True Extreme fans know to ‘expect the unexpected.’  I feel like we need a good old school rock album. Six is definitely modern, but you can put on headphones and go on a journey from top-to-bottom. It’s like ‘Extreme 2.0’.

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