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The Nuno Bettencourt Solo Everyone is Talking About

  • čas přidán 15. 03. 2023
  • In this video I discuss Nuno Bettencourt's INSANE solo from Extreme's new single "Rise".
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  • Bradley Swanson
    Bradley Swanson Před 2 měsíci +1162

    I don’t think we can talk about Extreme without mentioning their criminality underrated 3rd album “III Sides To Every Story”. That thing is a masterpiece. It’s one of the best albums of the 90s and hardly anyone has heard it.

    • Blake Helgoth
      Blake Helgoth Před 2 měsíci +28


    • Marcus Swift
      Marcus Swift Před 2 měsíci +38

      Wore that album out on tape. Yup tape!!! Amazing. Going to
      Listen to it now!

    • Brian Miller
      Brian Miller Před 2 měsíci +50

      One of the most underappreciated albums in rock history.

    • Jay Mueller
      Jay Mueller Před 2 měsíci +16

      I’ve heard it but I grew up two towns over from those guys in Mass. Masshole for life.

    • Edward Spaccarelli
      Edward Spaccarelli Před 2 měsíci +15

      👏👏👏👏 I don’t think it ever got airplay on any radio stations. A real shame.

  • Brian Zane
    Brian Zane Před měsícem +205

    This might be the first time I've seen someone playing air guitar whilst holding an actual guitar 😅 Love it.

  • Stratokikay
    Stratokikay Před 26 dny +31

    We 80s and 90s kids know that Nuno took the guitar to another level where EVH left off. I hope Rick will also do a video of another EVH inspired guitarist...Vito Bratta ❤️

    • Snowy Rain
      Snowy Rain Před 11 dny

      Last I heard Vito is now a real estate agent in NY. ( ! )

  • canestim
    canestim Před 2 měsíci +277

    Nuno is a guitar legend. He's also such a humble guy with a great attitude. Rick you got to get him on the channel.

    • Nick Carroll
      Nick Carroll Před měsícem +1

      guess you never saw the vh1 bands reunited ep

    • rob paxson
      rob paxson Před měsícem +1

      @Nick Carroll I saw it...Nuno wasn't ready to do a reunion, simple as that

    • Robert Ashton
      Robert Ashton Před 3 dny

      He'd do it in a heartbeat.

  • Dave
    Dave Před měsícem +50

    Even his rhythm part for “Get The Funk Out” is sick af. “Flight of The Wounded Bumble Bee”? Just a monster talent.

  • Gethyn Williams
    Gethyn Williams Před měsícem +279

    He was this good in 1990. The fact he’s still at that level is exceptional in itself.

    • Mark B
      Mark B Před 29 dny +10

      Honestly he's better now than he was then

    • markcamp1
      markcamp1 Před 28 dny +7

      @Mark B One of the few players who were standouts when they broke who have actually improved AND doing stuff that the horde of Internet players haven't thought of...

    • Mark B
      Mark B Před 28 dny +1

      @markcamp1 you are exactly right

    • Ryan Lyle
      Ryan Lyle Před 22 dny

      Steve Vai is another good example of this. The man had work done on his wrist a while back and uploaded a crazy one handed shred while in a sling.

    • Ken Gibbens
      Ken Gibbens Před 22 dny +3

      Likely a better guitarist now than he was then which was pretty good.

  • Simon Psychosis
    Simon Psychosis Před 2 měsíci +2300

    I can't begin to tell you just how happy it makes me feel to FINALLY see Nuno getting the credit he's been due, for so long now. Genius.

    • Pianodean
      Pianodean Před 2 měsíci +21

      A - FREAKIN - MEN!!!!!

    • demotics2005
      demotics2005 Před 2 měsíci +16

      He's been one of my faves. I'm actually surprised to learn (based on the comment) that he isn't as popular as I thought he was

    • gr8avocado
      gr8avocado Před 2 měsíci +20

      Yup. Nuno has been one of my favorite guitarists since the first record and always thought he should have way more credit than he's had. I never really considered him true shredder either. To me his playing always had more groove, melody and feeling than the other shredders.

    • Steelbender
      Steelbender Před 2 měsíci +16

      I'm happy to see it too! he's Back!!...one of my favorite Guitarists EVER among the thousands of shredders👍(Guthrie Govan and Yngwie Malmsteen are the others.) Nuno's sense of rhythm and groove are like no other. it's nice to see him after a long time, "Decadence Dance, Play with Me and Get the Funk Out" stills blows my mind and "Rise" is spectacular like them.
      Also like to give credit and props to the legendary vocalist Gary Cherone, top notch powerful vocals, super high energy especially during live performance. He just holds and command the crowd.
      Extreme is the best!

    • Dave Ashton
      Dave Ashton Před 2 měsíci +26

      Dude he's been known as one of the best guitarists for 35 years or more. He's the reason I started then .

  • X X
    X X Před 16 dny +1

    Nuno has been blowing minds for decades for those that have been listening. A generational virtuoso

  • James Vandevanter
    James Vandevanter Před 9 dny

    They've always had the "song comes first" ethic. This album is gonna shake things up.

  • Trite Night
    Trite Night Před 2 měsíci +81

    Nuno must have sold his soul to the devil. Seriously...the guy is a god-tier level guitarist, he can sing, he looks like a model, and at the age of 56, he looks like he's in his mid 30's. I've also got a suspicion that he's one of those guys that is always ripped without having to pickup a dumbbell. Just unreal talent.

    • cony
      cony Před měsícem +15

      Yes. Adding to all of that, he plays with the guitar under his crotch doing out of mind stretches and whatever. And he peaked as a musician in his early 20s. The man is kissed by the gods.
      But for selling his soul for extreme talent and eternal youth, he received a curse: being loved only by guitar nerds.

    • J V
      J V Před měsícem +5

      10 year deal has been made couple of times in the crossroads

    • Purple Haze
      Purple Haze Před měsícem

      He's also extremely nice and you couldn't ask for a more humble guy. Dude does not have an ounce of arrogance or pretentiousness in him.

    • Derek Polley
      Derek Polley Před měsícem +1

      Easy to be ripped when you're built like a twig

    • Shell
      Shell Před 29 dny +1

      And he had beautiful kids with Suzi DiMarchi of The Baby Animals, who is gorgeous and a fantastic singer and front woman in her own rite

  • Radius237
    Radius237 Před 25 dny +1

    I have loved Nuno since the first album. Great era for music.

  • svanesk
    svanesk Před měsícem +1

    Nuno Bettencourt is an absolute animal on the guitar and a vampire, dude does not age.

  • Mark Manson
    Mark Manson Před 2 měsíci +1806

    Nuno has been the "your favorite guitarist's favorite guitarist" guy for decades now. Maybe the best rock musician ever that non-musicians don't know about.

    • Jim Young
      Jim Young Před 2 měsíci +21

      Well said. So true.

    • Steven Bryson
      Steven Bryson Před 2 měsíci +110

      The Subtle Art of Melting Your F*ckin Face Off

    • swampscott2670
      swampscott2670 Před 2 měsíci +16

      Correct. And let’s also not forget that his assorted Washburn guitars are among the best instruments ever also.

    • SuperDoggy99
      SuperDoggy99 Před 2 měsíci +27

      Very true. I've spent years trying to get friends and family to listen to Nuno's music. But they would always say, "You mean the More Than Words guy? Nah." It's really annoying, because they don't know what they're missing; he makes a lot of musicians/guitarists look like they've been asleep at the wheel for decades. After a while, though, you just give up trying to persuade, coerce, and indoctrinate the ignorant masses. One might even say that you just learn to not give a f*ck.

    • ME Pat
      ME Pat Před 2 měsíci +15

      Okay, I found out about Nuno because of Extreme, but I stuck with him because of his talent (and hair).

  • Michel Savoie
    Michel Savoie Před 12 dny +1

    Oh man! I loved Extreme back then, I love them more now.......Just WOW.....Nuno is the best! Extreme is tight, what a great band!.

  • OneManArmy
    OneManArmy Před 10 dny

    Every true shredder will have their own top 10 favourite guitarists and Nuno will always be there for his creativity and technical riffs.

  • Budgie Cat
    Budgie Cat Před měsícem +33

    Its odd that Rick didnt mention Nuno's first solo that got everyone going wtf which was on their first album; the song Play With Me which was featured in the Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure movie. That solo was insane.

    • FunkyFab
      FunkyFab Před 19 dny +1

      💯% This solo remains my absolute favorite over time

    • Gator70
      Gator70 Před 18 dny +1

      You are correct, that was the one that really floored me.

    • Ian Blei
      Ian Blei Před 15 dny +2

      that was the first time i heard Nuno. I was, like whuuuuuut?!! That led me to Extreme. :)

    • Brad Power
      Brad Power Před 3 dny

      Also odd that the intro to He Man Woman Hater isn't being talked about, there are a lot of similarities.

  • Eugene Garrett
    Eugene Garrett Před měsícem +1

    That solo felt Eddie inspired, and I love it.

  • Alan attack
    Alan attack Před měsícem +1

    Sounds like Aliens communicating, outstanding, Nuno has always been insanely talented.

  • Stephen Walker
    Stephen Walker Před 2 měsíci +492

    I like the way Rick still cannot resist playing air guitar even when he's holding an actual guitar! Love it.

    • djjazzyjeff123
      djjazzyjeff123 Před 2 měsíci +12

      Hahahaha it really is kinda silly but also super relatable lol.

    • Sailosi Kepa
      Sailosi Kepa Před 2 měsíci +3

      Hell yeah!!

    • Michael H
      Michael H Před 2 měsíci +3


    • Joseph Vega
      Joseph Vega Před 2 měsíci +2

      🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 so true

    • MetalizedButt
      MetalizedButt Před 2 měsíci +3

      Cos he can’t play Nuno’s solo

  • Nathan Maharaj
    Nathan Maharaj Před 24 dny +15

    Yeah, you nailed it. He's got the chops, but he's completely free of them. They're at the service of musicality, and everything he does has musical meaning, adds to the song. Nuno plays with time, amazing pitch control, always bringing the drama.

  • Roosevelt M
    Roosevelt M Před 21 dnem +1

    That solo is I N S A N E.

  • Jeremy Johnson
    Jeremy Johnson Před 2 měsíci +27

    Man...I've been obsessed with the solo from Play With Me since I heard it. It's on another level.

    • mike krause
      mike krause Před měsícem +4

      Absolutely. I was thinking the same thing. For me I heard that before I heard GTFO and it's still one of my favorite Nuno solos, and song riffs in general.

    • FunkyFab
      FunkyFab Před 19 dny +1

      With you guys 💯%

  • handsson
    handsson Před měsícem +23

    After discovering his riff and solo for Extreme's "Peacemaker Die" as a kid in 1992 I was forever hooked on learning how to play the electric guitar. he deserves far more recognition...

  • Pattbonn47
    Pattbonn47 Před 11 dny +1

    Nuno has ALWAYS been overlooked from day 1.
    That man has some unreal talent that most will never realise.
    His N4 is my all-time dream guitar, even over George's Mr. Scary guitar.
    One day, hands.... one day...

  • boingo insane
    boingo insane Před 2 měsíci +392

    Everyone is talking about Nuno's solo. Myself included. It's awesome. But I realized that nobody is talking about Gary's vocals. Gary Cherone is 61 years old and kills it. He's just incredible.

    • Ash Staunton
      Ash Staunton Před 2 měsíci +29

      Great vocal delivery and phrasing but it’s totally mimicking Stone Temple Pilots - Scott Weiland don’t you think? Not a bad thing at all.

    • PowerBuilder101
      PowerBuilder101 Před 2 měsíci +12

      Indeed!, Gary Cherone is not only a fantistic vocalist and frontman but a great Entertainer as well🤘, very few band singers can captivate and command the crowd like what Gary can do. Watched him live and his energy is just mesmerizing....sings, runs, dance, jump the stage for 2 hours!. 😱

    • Bastiano Gr
      Bastiano Gr Před 2 měsíci +6

      Absolutely! Gary's voice is insane. I think he sounds better than ever. Absolutely amazing!

    • Dave77
      Dave77 Před 2 měsíci +7

      Totally agree. They're both great... and what a song !
      Extreme still rocks !!!🤘

    • D M
      D M Před 2 měsíci +7

      My take is that Nunos links and solo save the song, which is incredibly bland. Even his riffs are bland. Really cool stuff in the soloing but the song is kind of awful overall.

  • Bryan McGuire
    Bryan McGuire Před 6 dny +1

    Brian May called Nuno's solo from "Get the Funk Out" is the best, most technically-incredible guitar solo ever.

  • Killa Kane
    Killa Kane Před měsícem +14

    Nuno's an insanely talented and dexterous player, not to mention a great song writer and arranger. Great to see he's back with Extreme and getting serious recognition for his stellar chops.

  • TheJulez
    TheJulez Před 9 dny

    Its not just his crazy technical skill, but the melodies just made me a big fan. Sounds very 90s SNES japanese gaming stuff. Kinda like Pokemon. Simple effective melodies that take you on a ride.

  • Art Anywhere
    Art Anywhere Před 17 dny +2

    He's finally being recognized as the guitar maestro that he is. His time to shine

  • Peter Dent
    Peter Dent Před 22 dny +6

    All the guys in Extreme are incredible. I love those early albums so much

  • Daily Bible Verses
    Daily Bible Verses Před 2 měsíci +279

    You should do a whole episode on the “Three Sides” record. That is a masterpiece!! So little known. That’s one of my favorite records of all time. The production and creativity that went to that record is incredible. Not for the average person. It’s really mostly musicians who appreciate how incredible that record is.

    • AvMo
      AvMo Před 2 měsíci +9

      I completely agree!

    • Oscar Sanchez
      Oscar Sanchez Před 2 měsíci +5


    • Randy B
      Randy B Před 2 měsíci +3


    • Kirk Preston
      Kirk Preston Před 2 měsíci +7

      Yes! One of my favorites of all time by anyone.

    • Steen Juul
      Steen Juul Před 2 měsíci +4


  • Goudy
    Goudy Před 22 dny +1

    I loved your assessment on Nuno and his style !
    Peacemaker Die was one of his best as well! But ..
    Vito Bratta’s Living in the Edge solo is seriously missed !

  • Matt DiMaio
    Matt DiMaio Před měsícem +24

    I'm not a guitar player (keys here) but your excitement and enthusiasm is so darn contagious. I love seeing how you dissect the parts like a musical surgeon. I know you talk about how your ear training is a big part of your skill set. It was remarkable to me that you can hear things that are beyond my present ability to comprehend. You are a joy to watch.

  • Bangkok Pro Guitar Repairs

    Extreme and Nuno and single handedly Gave a direct IV to a hardly surviving genre of music. We owe Extreme the world!

  • Brutish1
    Brutish1 Před 5 dny

    Saw Nuno as part of the "Generation Axe" concert with Zack Wylde, Yngwie and Tosin Abasi. Still up there in the top 3 best concerts I have been to.

  • Jason Delvaux
    Jason Delvaux Před 2 měsíci +52

    I know I'm probably alone, but I prefer Nuno over Eddie. Eddie of course was a pioneer of the genre, but what Nuno did to build on that, is just unreal. He just does so many interesting things every time he picks up the guitar. Plus, as an added bonus, Nuno is such a humble, genuinely nice dude. And his solo stuff is also amazing. He plays all the instruments & sings on his solo albums. Just a mind-blowing talent.

    • inspectorbudget
      inspectorbudget Před měsícem +4

      Well let it be known that Prince is one of his major influences. The all time great at multi-instrumentalists. A genius the likes of which we'll probably never see again.

    • Hugo Baptista
      Hugo Baptista Před měsícem +4

      And also, Prince considered Nuno to be one of the top 3 best guitarists in the world. Goes without saying...

    • inspectorbudget
      inspectorbudget Před měsícem

      @Hugo Baptista Where can I find that? I've never heard Prince mention Nuno. Not doubting you but genuinely want to know.

    • rronzoo
      rronzoo Před měsícem +2

      Nuno sounds like Eddie the same way Stevie Ray sounded like Hendrix - that is to say, you can instantly recognize the influence from note one but that's kinda where the similarity ends. They both (Nuno and Stevie Ray) both took those influences in such a different direction that they created their own voices and then some.

    • Eric Cooper
      Eric Cooper Před 22 dny

      @inspectorbudget search guitar world article

  • MustangRed1967
    MustangRed1967 Před 2 měsíci +94

    After Eddie's passing we need this. Nuno is completely underrated in my opinion. We need a guy like him still. I hope to see Extreme when they come to Philly.

    • Michael Kerr
      Michael Kerr Před 2 měsíci +5

      Isn't that just true. I feel the same way.

    • Caprise - Music
      Caprise - Music Před 2 měsíci +2

      @Eric In SF well said. So true

    • TK
      TK Před 2 měsíci +1

      ​@Eric In SF"underrated", has to be the most overused statement of ignorance in CHclip history,... detest it's use for Legends, I saw a P!nk thread on a short the other day and this girl said, "too bad she's underrated", lol, $200 million dollar net worth and 20 years of sold out WORLD tours, it's comical, ...but the all time guffaw had to be when the Legendary, incomparable, Jeff Beck went on to his next venue in the great beyond, there were numerous "underrated", comments, ...like no, never! he was a Legend in the late 60's, and certified untouchable since Blow by Blow in 74, where have you been, lol 😂

    • Eti
      Eti Před 2 měsíci +1

      The « underrated/overrated » debate is so useless. That’s just subjective.

    • Craig Halvorson
      Craig Halvorson Před 2 měsíci +1

      The second sentence of this comment should be, “Nuno is the heir to the throne.” 🤷🏻‍♂️Maybe that would have been well received? 😆

  • Victor B
    Victor B Před 5 dny

    Fantastic look at a magical solo. What puts this in the same stratospheric realm of EVH is precisely what you pointed out: making a scary awesome solo, oozing with personality, that is a perfect puzzle piece for a SONG. A fading art, it seems. Bravo!

  • Spiros Glykas
    Spiros Glykas Před 4 dny

    I heard first 'Banshee' which is also a new track and thought, man, he's killing it. This is great. And then I heard 'Rise' and the solo. Jawdropping! He's the man alright

  • Fernando García
    Fernando García Před 2 měsíci +32

    Rick really makes you love the music even more. I mean, you heard the song, you heard the artist, but did you listen carefully? Every video is gold discovering.

  • Marcus Aurelius
    Marcus Aurelius Před měsícem +6

    What sets Nuno apart is not just his technical ability, it is his composition. Rick, you nailed it.

  • CR Wilson
    CR Wilson Před 2 měsíci +35

    As noted it was a shame that Extreme was known as a ballad band. So few people understood the power and musicianship of them.

    • Pepe LePew
      Pepe LePew Před měsícem +1

      Sadly Mr Big was in that very same basket.

  • Robert Iola
    Robert Iola Před 2 měsíci +76

    Just like Eddie, Nuno distinguishes himself because what he plays is MUSICAL, not just dazzling. Many have done the latter without the former. He's great.

    • katskillz
      katskillz Před 2 měsíci +5

      Exactly this. Personally, its astounding how quickly I lose interest with say Petrucci's flawless playing.

    • Duriologist
      Duriologist Před 2 měsíci +1

      @katskillz Pyrotechnics without musicality gets boring quickly.

  • Jake Lee
    Jake Lee Před 27 dny +7

    The thing is, he's been doing this stuff for years but for some reason this is getting huge exposure. Nuno is awesome...one of my biggest influences

  • James Senos
    James Senos Před měsícem

    Simply put, God Blessed and gifted Nuno with the skills and ability to do EVERYTHING as a musician, producer, songwriter, engineer and master of all musical arrangements - like no one before him or after him !!! PERIOD.
    Plus, it’s clear that Nuno’s personal character and humble demeanor coupled with the PERFECTION as a complete and unique guitarist, elevates Nuno Bettencourt on a entirely new & higher level / benchmark in today’s WORLD of music 🎼🎶🎵

  • Mikki Rousi
    Mikki Rousi Před měsícem +2

    Yeah, for sure an insanely good solo!

  • Swampster70
    Swampster70 Před 15 dny

    Nuno is the man. An exceptional guitar player.

  • Kirk Davis
    Kirk Davis Před 10 dny

    I'm NOT a guitarist, but I NEVER heard Harmonic arpeggios before..WTF? THAT AMAZEBALLS!!

  • Mike Morada
    Mike Morada Před 2 měsíci +172

    Extreme and Mr Big! Everybody knows them for their acoustic pop hits in the 90s but most people are clueless how incredibly talented both bands are!

    • swampscott2670
      swampscott2670 Před 2 měsíci +5

      Extreme, Mr. Big and the Winery Dogs. That would be quite the evening.

    • Николай Белановский
      Николай Белановский Před 2 měsíci +3

      And how incredibly metal they are!

    • I M Spartacus
      I M Spartacus Před 2 měsíci +9

      There's a reason why many of us are Addicted To That Rush.

    • Sven ols
      Sven ols Před 2 měsíci +1

      hahaha. EVERYBODY knows how talented they are.

    • Paul Specht
      Paul Specht Před 2 měsíci +13

      @swampscott2670 Paul Gilbert is another guitarist that doesn't get the recognition he deserves.

  • jeroen visser
    jeroen visser Před měsícem +2

    Nuno's great. In this solo there's a bit of Van Halen meets Tosin Abasi.

  • Chelle Campbell
    Chelle Campbell Před měsícem +3

    If you've never heard them, check out Nuno's solos for "Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee" and/or "Midnight Express" ... flippin' amazing. Also, for just complete song awesomeness, "Cupid's Dead" ... if you can find it, also listen to the "horn mix" version of the song. Seeing that done live, with the horn group there too - once-in-a-lifetime moment!
    I've been a fan of theirs since they were a bar band and originally named "The Dream" .... and have loved them ever since.
    "He's the guy now."
    He always has been .... just now people are finally catching on, giving him the attention he is due. And I'm so happy for him, and the whole band.

  • The Critic
    The Critic Před 10 dny

    It's worth mentioning two things: 1. The solo reminds me a LOT of the work on their first big break *BEFORE* Extreme II... it was a song called "Play With Me" featured on the Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure soundtrack. You'll remember the solo because it hits in the mall montage of the movie where the gang is being chased by mall cops. 2. Nuno was married to the lead singer of Baby Animals, Suze DeMarchi, until 2013... I first heard of them when they opened for *drumroll* ... Van Halen in '92.

  • R H
    R H Před měsícem +5

    Nuno is just an extreme rarity in nature. There are things that can be achieved by practice to achive and then there things you just have to have naturally born with - like perfect pitch. You can practice your entire life and not do what Nuno can do naturally in his own style / phrasing. His fluid speed and timing is something to behold. His live playing is nothing short of incredible. He is pretty humble also.

  • Eamon Ahern
    Eamon Ahern Před měsícem

    Marty Friedman doesn't like muted notes in solos. Excellent guitarist. That solo from Nuno could be described as the antithesis of that at the end of it but he makes it work so well!

  • Jerrold Hewson
    Jerrold Hewson Před 2 měsíci +307

    My friend Steve Borisenko was Nuno’s guitar tech for years. He told me stories where he would break a string in concert and finish the solo and song as if nothing happened, one time he showed up to practice late (not neglect) was handed a guitar for the song they were doing, realized it was alternate tuned, then instantly transposed the song to make it work. He said he was a very down to Earth generous guy.

    • Мопедофил
      Мопедофил Před 2 měsíci +3

      Семен Борисенко?))

    • Mark Holt
      Mark Holt Před 2 měsíci +15

      When you are that gifted it is surprising to see someone actually that generous to the extent that they must really feel so lucky to have been gifted with such abilities that they are thankful and pass that existential sort of vib to others.

    • Jerrold Hewson
      Jerrold Hewson Před měsícem +4

      @Мопедофил yes. He teched Nuno while he was touring with Rhianna

    • drewlovs
      drewlovs Před měsícem +1

      More than words ultimately hurt them-I was 21 at the time it hit, and the video had all our girlfriends going groupie-it was a big turn off for those of us young and stupid.
      Then Gary went to Van Halen, pissing off Roth and Hagar fans alike… lol. Death nail.

    • Sebastyne Alpha
      Sebastyne Alpha Před měsícem

      @drewlovs Not only that, the people who stuck around for the rest of Pornograffitti, the III Sides was too simple, too ready chewed and too much for little girl's liking (even though I was 14 when More Than Words came out, and bought Porno for it, it took me 5 listens to wrap my head around the whole idea until it hit. WOOOOW!) But anyway, I've always loved Extreme for that challenge, and KNOWING there's still more left in the tank, and even after this last one, I'm still saying: "You can do better. You maybe The Guy now, but you can still do the fuck better." Anyway, III Sides was too easy, then came the freaking Punchline that made no sense to anyone. Again, the challenge that I loved, but weird as f*** a full brain workout to figure out, as a non-guitar-playing little girl, but I loved it in the end. For anyone else who didn't play the guitar themselves at a high level, Van Halen didn't matter. Soundados, mellow, nice, easy, but at least there is Take Us Alive to give me the "WTF are you thinking?!"... But the Six so far... My complaint is clear: WHY DID YOU MAKE ME LOVE IT THE FIRST LISTEN?! I HATE IT!! :D

    HECHOGAMER MX Před 26 dny

    One of the best solos ever.

  • Jeff H
    Jeff H Před 4 dny

    Rick Beato is amazing. His ears and what he can hear and understand. I bet he could count the wing flaps of a bumble bee.

  • SamJennings
    SamJennings Před měsícem

    You've got to break down Synyster Gate's new solo in Nobody. I think it's the best solo I've heard from this decade.

  • Aaron Lucas
    Aaron Lucas Před měsícem

    I think Extreme's Play With Me from the mall chase scene in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure was their intro to the World. An amazing first album.

  • Jamie Payet Official
    Jamie Payet Official Před měsícem

    Gary’s gone STP. Love it! WHAT A SOLO! ❤

  • Daniel Silva
    Daniel Silva Před 2 měsíci +270

    As a Portuguese metalhead, Nuno has always made me feel a bit of pride in having such a talented musician from Portuguese origin. Greetings from the UK. 🇵🇹🇬🇧

    • j freed
      j freed Před 2 měsíci +11

      I guess we all have ancestral pride.
      Even though it’s kind of like being proud of having red hair or something. Woo hoo look what I did.

    • GrooveLife
      GrooveLife Před 2 měsíci +2

      @j freed you are correct, but I have never understood why people are that way. The location that one happens to be born has no bearing on their work ethic and ability to achieve greatness.

    • Marcos Roberto Dos Santos
      Marcos Roberto Dos Santos Před 2 měsíci +13

      I`m Brazilian (my grandmother was portuguese) and Nuno was always made me feel a little pride too, and I'm not even a portuguese citizen! 😀

    • j freed
      j freed Před 2 měsíci +5

      @GrooveLife I guess southern European and central / South American cultures are very guitar centric, and this yields some amazing talent just from the environment.
      Many very cool and unique musical cultures.
      And I would love to see metal shows in South America, places like Brazil and Argentina - the audience would be nuts.

    • Build the Wall with the Woke
      Build the Wall with the Woke Před 2 měsíci +6

      @GrooveLife You think someone born in Papua New Guinea has the same chance to achieve greatness as someone born in America?

  • Dave Japan
    Dave Japan Před 22 dny +6

    Dude your reactions to nuno playing solos is so wholesome and pure. I love it

  • Acidobay
    Acidobay Před měsícem

    I had the vinyl single 'Play With Me' around 1989. On the B-side there was this track that started with a crying baby and then just ripped into this unbelievable shred, I use to just play that bit over and over loud as f*ck.

  • axel9473
    axel9473 Před 2 měsíci

    Not a big fan of the new song as a whole but i do respect Nuno a lot and his guitar work is without a doubt incredible.

  • Nhilzer
    Nhilzer Před 4 dny

    Rick, I'd just like to say that what I like about your videos is that it's like listening to a teacher, cause you explain details, and as I don't play, it's very interesting (I wish I had learnt to play when I was younger). Oh and we can really feel your passion when you talk about music.

  • Andrew Cunningham
    Andrew Cunningham Před měsícem +5

    Not forgetting the amazing work on III sides to every story, such an amazing album.

  • Savoir Rare
    Savoir Rare Před 2 měsíci +171

    Why is no one mentioning “Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee”? He’s been playing like this in his solo career for years. He’s always been exceptional and amazing. Effortlessly.

    • Gary Wade
      Gary Wade Před 2 měsíci +22

      Yes. It’s his delay trick. And he does it Extremely well.

    • GuitarLessonsNow!
      GuitarLessonsNow! Před 2 měsíci +7

      I see what you did there…

    • Mark Dunn
      Mark Dunn Před 2 měsíci +4

      Yeah I was thinking that last part sounds like the notes Rick is showing but with his delay trick

    • JohnnyStrings
      JohnnyStrings Před 2 měsíci +12

      ... or the "Play With Me" solo, featured in the Bill and Ted movie.

    • daleturner
      daleturner Před 2 měsíci +17

      Dotted 8th delay, feedback at zero, delay output max, separating/choking notes with frethand to leave holes between picked notes for delay repeats to poke through.... Picking only 8th notes (double time, here)... "Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee," Eddie Van Halen's "Cathedral," Dream Theaters "Surrounded," Paul Gilbert's "the Echo Song"...whatever that Albert Lee song is called..... Similar thing in Yngwie's "Black Star" intro...

  • R H
    R H Před měsícem +3

    Nuno's flight of the wounded bumble bee live is crazy. It is on another level along with his rhythm chording mixed in. I always liked EVH and his style but Nuno has like a jazz phrasing aspect. He wears his guitar slung low and can just rip on it.

  • Aaron Richert
    Aaron Richert Před měsícem

    I'm happy Rick gave some attention to the great Nuno in this case. I will say that Nuno has been a badass for over 30 years though. He has solos that shred this one in melody and technique going back a long way!

  • Pico DeGallo
    Pico DeGallo Před 2 měsíci

    I realized that I got lost in this video and that I was into it more than I thought when it cut away for some ad and I blurted out, "Noooooo!!!" hahaha! I miss rock like this. Talent. So much freaking talent.

  • Matthias Eisterer
    Matthias Eisterer Před měsícem +8

    In my opinion, Nuno writes the best Solos that are technically amazing and still have a great melody and groove to them. I personally think that nothing beats his Solos on Population 1. I mean, if you listen to the Solo of Spacemen or Stiff, just wow. Doesn't get better than that.

  • Jon Serino
    Jon Serino Před 25 dny +2

    The fact that it’s a lead guitar, a bass and drums and that is it for the musical instruments part of the band makes it even more amazing.

  • XFLexiconMatt
    XFLexiconMatt Před 2 měsíci +220

    I always felt that Extreme's 'Three Sides To Every Story' was a vastly underrated album.

    • Tom Grubbe
      Tom Grubbe Před 2 měsíci +4

      It's underrated but there's a bunch of later tracks that I just skip. I'm not sure what they were thinking with songs like Seven Sundays and Stop the World. Pornograffitti has more killer songs on it (except for When I first Kissed You).

    • Matthew Robinson
      Matthew Robinson Před 2 měsíci +13

      To me 3 sides is one of my favorite albums. Classic.

    • Shmilbert Shmottfried Van Heflen
      Shmilbert Shmottfried Van Heflen Před 2 měsíci +10

      Their Sgt pepper's

    • XFLexiconMatt
      XFLexiconMatt Před 2 měsíci +2

      @Tom Grubbe The album illustrated they could be the next Queen, when the drummer and bassist Pat Badger left, the vibe changed and their momentum for me.

    • Robert F
      Robert F Před 2 měsíci +1

      @Tom Grubbe Agreed. That album has always stopped for me somewhere around Seven Sundays…but even cut in half it’s mega underrated.

  • Douglas Allord UK
    Douglas Allord UK Před 6 dny

    It’s a great song! Would fit nicely on the III Sides album. Nods to songs like Cupids Dead and Stop the World - looking forward to the whole album!

  • Rick W
    Rick W Před měsícem +4

    He's ALWAYS been "The Guy" every since the first Extreme record. He's continued where Eddie & Randy left off. His playing style is so unconventional and he has continued to raise the bar outside the realm of mainstream music. Phenomenal is the best and only way to describe him and his prowess on the guitar.

  • Bob777789
    Bob777789 Před měsícem

    Cant wait for the whole album to come out!

  • Jeff Hubbard
    Jeff Hubbard Před 24 dny +3

    Wow. Serious respect is due, for this one! I love the section where he plays at half time against the rhythm section - so, so cool! That guy is a serious bad-ass. I hope he gets the props that should have been coming his way for many years!

  • The Bigleone
    The Bigleone Před měsícem

    Please try and get Nuno in an interview. I would love to hear his story. How he got started, how he views the guitar neck, technique, Washburn guitars, etc. Nuno, a true jaw dropping solo.

  • Chris Branco
    Chris Branco Před 2 měsíci +53

    Nuno and Richie Kotzen are two guitarists still just killing it in this day and age!

    • Edward Jons
      Edward Jons Před 2 měsíci +4

      Totally agree. Richie has toned back the virtuoso playing a little since abandoning the pick, but his long signature legato runs are still unique and heard in live performance are outrageously effective.

    • gavi torres-olivares
      gavi torres-olivares Před 2 měsíci +2

      And handsome af hahahahahahah

    • Riza Moriza
      Riza Moriza Před 2 měsíci +1

      Eager for NunoKotzen duet album or single

    • Shadow Net
      Shadow Net Před 2 měsíci +3

      Richie and Nuno also two of my favourite underated guitarists. In fairness Nuno really is not underated, but arrived just after the high water mark of stunt guitar. One of a handful of all time greats.

    • Freddy Live
      Freddy Live Před 2 měsíci

      .. Ritchie is super talented.

  • Angus
    Angus Před měsícem

    Nuno is so underrated!!

  • Chris Brown
    Chris Brown Před měsícem

    If you haven't ever heard his solo on play with me, then wow mind melting

  • Gabriel F
    Gabriel F Před 2 měsíci

    Nuno is one of the best to ever do it. This solo has a lot of elements from "He man woman hater" intro.

  • woolfel
    woolfel Před 23 dny +4

    I was in high school when extreme had their first hit. Nuno has always had his own sound. A lot of guitarists can shred or know music theory, but very few you can tell just by a few notes. Eddie, Nuno, SRV, John Lee Hooker, Hendrix, Tim Henson are standouts for me. I only need to hear a handful of notes and I know who it is.

    • Snowy Rain
      Snowy Rain Před 11 dny

      Eric Johnson was another. The very second you hear Cliffs of Dover you know its him.

  • Holger Hetschko
    Holger Hetschko Před 21 dnem

    I can't believe we are talking about a guitar solo like we used to do back 30 years ago. It feels so good after years and years of... nothing.

  • Michael Moniz
    Michael Moniz Před 2 měsíci +77

    As a child of Portuguese Azorean immigrants from the island next to where Nuno was born, seeing someone from my culture and my parents geographic region rise to become an international guitar. God, was a huge inspiration to me as a kid learning to play guitar, when Extreme broke through. In fact, they were my first concert ever when they opened for ZZ Top on the Recycler tour on the Pornograffitti album cycle. I hope Rick gets to interview Nuno one day because I could see both of them with their extreme love for music go on for hours and no way would I want an edited version of that interview! I’d want the full on music geek out!

    • Scott B
      Scott B Před 2 měsíci +1

      I've seen them in concert several times, including once at a club where I got to be about 5 feet from Nuno.

    • Michael Espinosa
      Michael Espinosa Před 2 měsíci +1

      Saw them on August 14th 1991 first time opening for ZZ top, left after Extreme!

    • Michael Moniz
      Michael Moniz Před 2 měsíci

      @Michael Espinosa I saw them a month later!

  • MrFirstdance2000
    MrFirstdance2000 Před 23 dny

    Rick, you just got a huge plug from "Nuno" himself on the AXS TV. Congrats, sir, on being hailed by the Guitar legend himself!!

  • Jerimy Spencer
    Jerimy Spencer Před 12 dny

    I had an opportunity to teach a song writing class for two semesters at a small mom & pop's Uni recently in Hawai'i, which forced me to look more closely at the craft of song writing. One of the basic elements of what makes a song work, is contrast. Like a photo that has good amounts of strong lights and darks helping to make everything within the composition clear. This happens not only musically, but also lyrically. Great lyrics have contrasting elements. @RickBeato when you pointed out the staccato notes prior to the solo coming in, I saw that was the contrast that really helped catapult the tremolo picking into the stratosphere. Likewise now that I think about it, the solo starts on the upper half of the guitar, and the mind blowing ending, contrasts the first half by primarily staying on the lower half of the guitar (at least string wise). Just great orchestration and arranging! Mahalo for all you do!

  • gobblygook67
    gobblygook67 Před měsícem

    Still remember them in July 1988, my buddies band was opening up from them at the Living Room in Providence RI. They were a know local band in in the Boston, New England market. But you knew they were something special as soon as they stated playing even way back then.

  • sham zamri
    sham zamri Před 15 dny

    Love Rebel solo even more.. he's d man.

  • Glenda Solomon
    Glenda Solomon Před měsícem +1

    Some of the sickest playing I've heard in some time. The seasoning on This album is epic. Drops June 9th.

  • Sean
    Sean Před 2 měsíci +58

    What sets Nuno apart for me is his live playing. Everyone sounds great on tape but so many of them can't replicate it live. I've seen Nuno probably a dozen times and he always plays clean, his tone is perfect and he attacks everything every time. Can't wait to see him play this in person.

    • OceanofMaya
      OceanofMaya Před 2 měsíci +4

      Agreed. I've seen him live in clubs and his intensity of playing and yet almost effortless presentation - He's a unicorn on stage who's also a virtuoso...then you add the accompaniment - of which he just brings out the best in their playing as well - just amazing.

    • Bastiano Gr
      Bastiano Gr Před 2 měsíci +6

      And the other way around: His studio work sounds incredibly "live". Despite the ridiculous degree of complexity and sophistication, there's always that raw, powerful stage energy in Nuno's playing. Everything he has recorded sounds incredibly vivid and gritty. With such an unmatched aggressiveness and punch. I've always loved that about Nuno! He's actually the only one I can think of (besides Eddie), who really manages to capture that raw and pure stage energy in the studio. It's crazy!

    • Rami Muurimäki
      Rami Muurimäki Před 2 měsíci +1

      Agree. Dropped from a chair after watching some live performances from here youtube. New king in town :)

    • Γιώργος Θεοδωρόπουλος
      Γιώργος Θεοδωρόπουλος Před 2 měsíci +1

      Yep. Him, Viv Campbell and Paul Gilbert

    • 3rdtonefromthesun
      3rdtonefromthesun Před 2 měsíci

      Yep total badass, dude's a rockstar and always has been!

  • Nick Rhodes
    Nick Rhodes Před měsícem

    We did get the funk out and my guitarist learned it kick for lick. He's 45 years old playing since 5. It's amazing to see him do that solo

  • Ranius
    Ranius Před 25 dny

    The solo entry with the phaser sounds like a great tribute to eddie .

  • Clown World
    Clown World Před měsícem

    It's so great and refreshing to hear a solo in a song let alone by a virtuoso like Nuno. Today "metal" (and i say the word metal with bid huge quotes) has nothing but glorified rhythm guitarists pretending to be lead guitarists and to hear that is so great. I hope this sollo will start to be an inspiration to other guitarists that will help bring back the solo which died when grunge music hit the scene. I always had mad respect for Nuno back in the day and loved Extreme's music.

  • Otto Zoller
    Otto Zoller Před měsícem +6

    I always thought that “Play Wih Me” off the Bill and Ted soundtrack was the best instrumental; it introduced me to Extreme, that Beethoven riff and the lyrics really impressed me.

  • Tim Dotson
    Tim Dotson Před měsícem +11

    Thank you for talking about this one. I can't believe you didn't even mention their 3rd album III Sides To Every Story. The entire CD is filled with this level guitar work and it's easily in my top 10 favorite albums of all time, and I'm a SAX PLAYER! Warheads, Cupid's Dead, Rest in Peace, Our Father... I could just list the entire CD. All such great creativity and execution. I can't wait until the rest of this CD with Rise comes out in June. Already pre-ordered.

  • Nuno Silveira
    Nuno Silveira Před 2 měsíci +128

    Nuno was born and lived in my city of Praia da Vitoria in a small archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic called the Azores until he moved to the United States. He usually comes here every summer. We are all very proud of what a "out of this world" guitarist he became. And also we have the same name, how cool is that!😉
    For me the best guitar player ever. Abraço Nuno🎸🎸
    PS - I'm a fan of your channel @Rick Beato, and it was fantastic to see you talk about Nuno Bettencourt. Thank you!

    • lf5858
      lf5858 Před 2 měsíci +6

      Um dos 3 melhores guitarristas de rock de todos os tempos é português (O melhor dos vivos). Faltou a bandeira em cima dos Marshalls desta vez...

    • Nuno Silveira
      Nuno Silveira Před 2 měsíci +2

      @lf5858 sim.. Sem dúvida. E a bandeira tinha sido fantástico.

    • melissa ribeiro
      melissa ribeiro Před 2 měsíci +3

      I asked my grandfather from Porto Martins back in the day when I was like 11 if he knew if Nuno was from Terceira. He was pretty sure.
      And yes, the solo is very very fire 🔥

    • Chris B
      Chris B Před 2 měsíci +2

      Then he moved to my hometown of Hudson. Never met him, but had classmates who did back in the 1990s.

    • Nuno Silveira
      Nuno Silveira Před 2 měsíci +2

      @melissa ribeiro Yep he is.. Your grandfather is right. He comes here almost every summer visiting is brother Luis bettencourt, who also is an amazing musician and guitar player. Back in the 90s Luis was my guitar teacher and we got to meet Nuno just after the single more than words came out. It was amazing meeting him. I still hang out with Luis sometimes. By the way Porto Martins is a beautiful village by the sea, have you ever been here to the Azores?

  • Hector Kevin Gonzalez
    Hector Kevin Gonzalez Před měsícem +2

    Nuno has been so underrated all this time!!

  • Ray Langley
    Ray Langley Před měsícem +2

    Unbelievable! its probably took him 30 odd years to practice it 😍 very nice

  • Pat Chaloux
    Pat Chaloux Před měsícem +4

    III Sides (1992) is still one of my favorite album. Haven't aged one bit !
    Nuno was so underrated, because he came after Eddie, and before grunded.
    I really hope 2023 will be his year !!!