June 4, 1989 |
Band: Extreme. Personnel: Gary Cherone, vocals; Nuno Bettencourt, guitar; Pat Badger, bass; Paul Geary, drums. History: When Bettencourt first encountered vocalist Cherone, it was animosity at first sight. Cherone's band, the Dream, was headlining a show and his then-guitarist haughtily kicked the openers--Bettencourt's group--out of the communal dressing room. A couple of years later, in 1985, when Bettencourt and Cherone ran across each other once again, sparks flew--but they were sparks of inspiration.
March 1, 1993 |
While the Boston-based Extreme is, bottom-line, a rock band, there was a little touch of Vegas about the quartet's Universal Amphitheatre show Friday, thanks to a horn section, corny interactions among the players and the theatrical demeanor of singer Gary Cherone. The nearly two-hour extravaganza featured material from Extreme's three albums, running the gamut from the tight, fun funk of "Get the Funk Out" to the catchy, musically multifaceted "Rest in Peace."
December 1, 1996 |
The Pamela Anderson/Tommy Lee divorce has been making the headlines for the Motley Crue camp lately, but behind the scenes the seminal '80s L.A. metal band has been paying a lot of attention to another bad-blood separation--the Van Halen debacle. The reason for the interest is that Vince Neil, who was fired by Motley Crue in 1992 and was replaced by John Corabi, has been recording with the band again.
March 15, 1998 |
Van Halen's first effort in its third incarnation may not be its most focused album, but it might be its most adventurous. Former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone, replacing Sammy Hagar, works his way through vigorous rockers ("Without You") and pensive ballads ("Year to the Day") that churn and soar with the group's signature blend of musical muscle and pop elan. But more than a few surprises lurk among the familiar sounds.
August 8, 1999
T-Boz of TLC guested with Paula Cole on "I Wanna Be Somebody" for Cole's next album, "Amen," due Sept. 28. The first single, to be released earlier, is a song called "I Believe in Love." . . . Rob Zombie is following director John Carpenter as designer of Universal Studios' Halloween attraction. As Carpenter was last year, Zombie is being given free rein to fashion a fright-night extravaganza in a sound stage, which will open Oct.
January 9, 2007 |
Do you prefer your rock dramas sentimental or surly? Michael Stipe of R.E.M. will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March with his music hero, Patti Smith, the singer sometimes called the poet laureate of punk; David Lee Roth, meanwhile, will get to share the stage at the New York induction ceremony with his estranged bandmates from Van Halen as well as Sammy Hagar, his replacement in the iconic rock outfit.