Last year marked the 25th anniversary of Extreme’s classic multi-Platinum, Grammy® nominated PORNOGRAFFITTI, the definitive album of the band’s career. To mark the anniversary, PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN was released October 28 by the award-winning production company Rock Fuel Media in association with Loud & Proud Records as part of their four-part “Metal Meltdown” DVD series. The concert film captures the Boston band performing the album PORNOGRAFFITTI in its entirety.
On Black Friday, November 25, the audio from the DVD will be made available via Loud & Proud Records as a limited edition double album pressed on red vinyl. Visit recordstoreday.com for availability.
Directed by Brian Lockwood (Bon Jovi, Metallica, Motley Crue) and produced by Barry Summers, the PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN package includes a Blu-ray, DVD, and audio CD of the complete concert that was filmed on May 30, 2015 at The Joint at the world famous Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. Mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, it also features Rockshow, a bonus documentary that takes fans through Extreme’s story, with exclusive interviews, ‘80s archive footage, and an exclusive photo gallery.
Rave reviews have been pouring in since its release:
“This release shows the band in top shape. After all these years they are still spot on in quality…What more do you need to know to make you buy this perfectly executed show! Is it the fact that the band are playing as tight as ever before, is it the fact that you are a fan, or just because you simply like good old fashioned funky rock music from an era that helped build the true MTV…! Buy this masterpiece!”
“(Gary) Cherone and crew do a stellar job of playing to the audience and offer a reminder of just how fun this band always was. This set is also a keen reminder of just how great a guitarist Nuno Bettencourt is with some jaw-dropping solos peppered in throughout the set.”
“Any and all fans of Extreme need to own this as well as guitarists. It is an amazing show that is visually stunning.”
“In a nutshell, WOW…seeing this was an absolute treat to my ears and soul.”
“Gary Cherone still has the voice for these tunes and guitarist Nuno Bettencourt still shreds with the best of them.”
“…it rocks…As great as the concert is…the documentary is even greater!”
Extreme achieved their greatest success with their 1990 album PORNOGRAFFITTI, which peaked at #10 on the Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart, and was certified multi-Platinum. Musically, PORNOGRAFFITTI is dominated by blistering guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed rock/metal solos. The record provided Bettencourt with widespread admiration from rock guitar enthusiasts and continual exposure in leading guitar playing publications. But it was the acoustic ballad single, “More Than Words,” that reached #1 on Billboard‘s “Hot 100” chart and was nominated for a Grammy® Award for “Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.” The subsequent single, “Hole Hearted,” another acoustic track, was also successful, rising to #4 on the same chart. “Decadence Dance” and “Get the Funk Out” were also released as singles both landing on Billboard‘s Rock chart and becoming fan favorites.
To date, the Grammy-nominated EXTREME have released five albums, plus a greatest hits set—selling over 10 million records worldwide. The band’s trademark sound is a mix of hard rock funk in the spirit and style of their predecessors Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Queen and Van Halen—fueled by BETTENCOURT’s signature guitar flights and CHERONE’s resonant vocals—and matched with a social consciousness in their lyrics.