Whatever Happened to Extreme?

by Matt McKay

Formed in 1985 by singer Gary Cherone and drummer Paul Geary, Extreme recorded their self-titled album on A&M records in 1989. Along with guitar hero Nuno Bettencourt and bassist Pat Badger, the group enjoyed moderate success until their second release, “Extreme II: Pornograffitti,” in 1990 earned them a number one hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 with the smash acoustic song “More Than Words.” “Whole Hearted,” from the same album reached number four on the same chart, solidifying Exteme’s position as a viable player in the arena rock circuit.

Paul Geary left the band in 1993 to pursue a successful music management career, and was replaced by a long time friend of the band, drummer Mike Mangini. The band recorded their last album with Mangini, “Waiting for the Punchline” in 1995. Due to the change in the music climate during the 1990’s the album was a poor seller, and the band broke up in 1996.

After several brief reunions starting in 2004, the band decided to release a new album tiltled “Saudades de Rock” and embark on a world tour in 2008 with drummer Kevin Figueiredo.

Written by Matt McKay