Bostonian hard rockers Extreme have announced details of a new alive album celebrating twenty-five years since the release of their career defining 'Pornograffitti' album. Part of the 'Metal Melltdown' series of releases which has also included Twisted Sister, 'Pornograffitti Live 25' is due to hit the racks on 23rd September.
2015 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of Extreme’s classic multi-Platinum, Grammy nominated album, and to mark the occasion, the band decided to team up with award-winning production company Rock Fuel Media in association with Loud & Proud Records, to record a special live performance of the album as part of the 'Metal Meltdown' DVD series.
Directed by Brian Lockwood (Bon Jovi, Metallica, Motley Crue), 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. 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. Mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, it’s set for release September 23. A trailer can be viewed below.
Says singer Gary Cherone: “It was a great thrill to perform 'Pornograffitti' in its entirety. Some of these songs were never played live before so we had to go back and relearn them for the tour. The album was a watershed moment in the bands career…it’s when we came in to our own and it will always be special.”
Adds guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt: “The band always prided itself on its live performance. Over the years, some of these songs have evolved where the band actually plays them better now than when we had recorded them. Hope you enjoy it."
Comments award-winning producer Barry Summers: “It was a real privilege to produce 'Pornograffitti Live 25 / Metal Meltdown' in celebration of 'Pornograffitti', to have the opportunity to work first-hand with such high calibre musicians and audio purists. Over 25 years after this iconic album was released, we captured the band at their very best. Watching Nuno Bettencourt's off-the-charts guitar solos is simply mind-blowing, as confirmed by Queen's Brian May and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, whom we filmed paying homage to the Guitar God himself in the RockShow documentary. One of the highlights of the documentary is a moment where Gary and Nuno are sitting on the doorstep of Gary’s childhood home, and they perform a spontaneous version of ‘More Than Words.’”
Peaking at #10 on the Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, 'Pornograffitti' gave the Boston band their greatest success. Dominated by blistering guitar riffs, with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed rock/metal solos, the disc provided Bettencourt with widespread admiration from rock guitar enthusiasts and continual exposure in leading guitar playing publications.
It was acoustic ballad 'More Than Words' however, that defined the era. A number one single in America, the Grammy nominated release was followed by 'Hole Hearted', another acoustic track..
'Pornograffitti Live 25 / Metal Meltdown' Track listing:
1. Decadence Dance
2. Li’l Jack Horny
3. When I’m President
4. Get the Funk Out
5. More Than Words
6. Money (In God We Trust)
7. It (‘s a Monster)
9. When I First Kissed You
10. Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)
11. Flight of the Wounded Bumble Bee
12. He-Man Woman Hater
13. Song For Love
14. Hole Hearted
15. Play With Me*
16. Cupid’s Dead*
* Songs do not appear on the audio CD.