Extreme – “Pornograffitti Live 25 / Metal Meltdown” CD / DVD (Loud & Proud)
Continuing the series of hugely popular Metal Meltdown live releases from classic rock n metal acts comes this latest installment – this time featuring Boston mega god hard rockers Extreme! Splendidly timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the band’s monumental release “Pornograffitti” that went double platinum, Extreme have been on the road to mark this by performing the album in full and it’s all been captured here at the world famous Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. “Pornograffitti Live 25 / Metal Meltdown” also features a bonus documentary that takes fans through Extreme’s story, with ‘80s archive footage and exclusive interviews including commendations from Queen’s Brian May, who states the band had the essence of what Freddy Mercury was about, along with RATM’s Tom Morello on the talent of guitarist Nuno Bettencourt – just check out ‘Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee‘ for definitive proof! Indeed, his fretboard brilliance and funky driving licks were the success behind the likes of the anthemic ‘Get the Funk Out’ (which is still a great party song even to this day) contrasted by the heart felt hit ballad of ‘More Than Words’ – sung out by the live crowd and also remembered by Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler who jammed it with him at the Nobel Awards. I particularly enjoyed the stories of the band’s early days told by singer Gary Cherone and Bettencourt, at one point outside Cherone’s childhood home in Boston which is pretty much where they started and it was moving to see the emotion in Cherone’s eyes as all the memories began to flood back even after two decades. The live set at The Joint is the full 14 song shebang recorded in concert film quality befitting the band’s megastar legacy and mixed in in 5.1 Surround Sound, perfect for replaying the glory of ‘Money (In God We Trust)‘ and ‘Decadence Dance’. All the band are in fine form, physically and musically, with all their stage moves still as I remember them in the 80s, and with this stellar release I have to say that if there is one more time to hear from this band, then it has to be now.